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Newcastle fact check Brentford fans mock Nick Pope with chant in first start since injury

Brentford fans cheekily joked about Nick Pope’s England hopes, but Newcastle were on hand to check them out.

The goalkeeper made his first start for the Magpies since December when he suffered a dislocated shoulder during their 1-0 win over Manchester United as he helped his side win 4-2 in the final day of the Premier League season.

Pope made his long-awaited return to the Newcastle team

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Pope made his long-awaited return to the Newcastle teamCredit: Getty

As a result, Pope was out of action for most of the campaign, with Martin Dubravka replacing him between the sticks.

However, Eddie Howe named him in the starting XI for their final game of the season at Brentford on Sunday.

He conceded twice, but Newcastle came away with all three, with the home fans in west London doing their best to distract him late on.

“You will never play for England,” they allegedly shouted according to the Newcastle X account.

They said: “90′ ‘You’ll never play for England’ is chanted at Nick Pope – who has multiple England caps.”

Pope has actually played ten times for England, most recently in their 3-3 Nations League draw against Germany in September 2022.

The former Burnley player was reportedly one of the favorites to be named Three Lions goalkeeper for Euro 2024 this summer. However, his selection appears unlikely due to his lengthy injury absence, which would be an unfortunate way to end his chances. .

Pope’s appearance against Brentford was his 21st of the season in all competitions and could prove crucial for the club.

Brentford fans mocked Pope during the match, but Newcastle responded on X

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Brentford fans mocked Pope during the match, but Newcastle responded on XCredit: @NUFC
The Pope represented his country ten times

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The Pope represented his country ten timesCredit: Getty

Newcastle’s victory saw them finish seventh in the Premier League and ahead of United thanks to their superior goal difference.

And if Manchester City beat United in the FA Cup final on Saturday, the Magpies would be playing Europa Conference League football next season.

Former Newcastle manager Steve Bruce says he is looking to try and do “something” as he hints at a potential return to management.

It has been a difficult campaign for Howe’s side, amid a series of injury problems which have blighted their progress from last season’s fourth place finish.

However, they finished the campaign on a high with an 18th league win and the return of their star goalkeeper.

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