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England keeper Pope hails Burnley coach Mercer

Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope has paid tribute to coach Billy Mercer after making England's World Cup squad.

Pope's progress at Turf Moor has seen him earn a place in the England squad for the World Cup, with the Three Lions getting their campaign underway tonight against Tunisia.

Of Mercer's influence on his own game, Pope said: "I've been on the phone to him a lot. As soon as I came in the building he helped me settle in and has given me all his experience and coaching to help me improve, especially when I first got in the team.

"We'd sit down every week after the game and watch the videos and talk about certain things and have discussions, that only helps me as a player grow.

"He's someone who has helped me massively."

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