Fraser Forster replaces the injured Nick Pope in the England squad

Newcastle United goalkeeper Nick Pope has been replaced in the England squad by Tottenham Hotspur’s Fraser Forster due to injury.

Pope, 30, was called up by Gareth Southgate on Thursday, along with fellow goalkeepers Jordan Pickford and Aaron Ramsdale.

But Pope has now resigned despite managing to play the full 90 minutes of Newcastle’s 2-1 win at Nottingham Forest on Friday.

Pope, who missed the majority of this week’s training session before playing with the minor injury on Friday, will receive treatment during the international break.

Forster, who has not played for England since 2016, has played 13 times for Tottenham this season.

The 35-year-old has been deputizing for the injured Hugo Lloris since the start of February.

Forster conceded three goals against Southampton on Saturday as Tottenham drew 3-3 with his former side.

However, he has been praised for his recent performances with Tottenham assistant manager Cristian Stellini among his admirers.

“I like Fraser as a man because he is a very good man,” Stellini said recently. “His behavior this season was perfect.

“Every day he pushes himself to train really hard, and with this behavior he pushes Hugo to train very hard.

“He is a great man before a great goalkeeper because we don’t have to forget (that) we are men before we are players.

“The difference with Hugo is that we start to think physically. He (Forster) is a goalkeeper perfect for the Premier League style, for the type of game we have to play in the Premier League and he uses both feet when he plays with the ball.

“We trust him. We trust him completely.”

England start their Euro 2024 qualification campaign away to Italy on Thursday and then host Ukraine next Sunday.

England’s squad for the Euro 2024 qualifiers against Italy and Ukraine

Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford (Everton), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal), Fraser Forster (Tottenham).

Defenders: Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Marc Guehi (Crystal Palace), Reece James (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Newcastle ) United), Kyle Walker (Manchester City).

Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Conor Gallagher (Chelsea), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), James Maddison (Leicester City), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Manchester City), Declan Rice (West Ham).

Extenders: Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jack Grealish (Manchester City), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Ivan Toney (Brentford).


Thanks to Fraser Forster, Spurs have not missed Hugo Lloris as much as feared

(Photo: Getty Images)

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