‘These things happen’ - Ex-Arsenal man delivers Nick Pope verdict but backs Newcastle United man for World Cup selection

Nick Pope had an evening to forget at Wembley.

A late mistake from the Newcastle United stopper allowed Kai Havertz to snatch an equaliser as England and Germany shared six goals in their final UEFA Nations League outing.

It was a hugely disappointing moment for Pope who has been in incredible form for the Magpies this campaign and was selected by Gareth Southgate as the understudy to the injured Jordan Pickford.

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Whilst former England and Arsenal keeper David Seaman believes that Pope will be ‘disappointed’ with the third goal, he backs him to come back stronger as a result.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, Seaman said: “He will be disappointed with the Germany third goal, there’s no doubt.

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“I don’t know whether he got caught in two minds about whether to go horizontal or stay vertical and use a scoop technique, but it was a hard ball to deal with.

“As a goalkeeper you have to hold your hands up when it’s one that you’ve fumbled. Sometimes you get away with them, sometimes you don’t.

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‘These things happen’ - David Seaman delivers Nick Pope verdict following England mistake (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

“He’ll be disappointed. He’ll also be a little disappointed with his distribution, it’s something that other teams are looking at now and they’re charging him down [in possession].

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“These things happen and I’m sure he’s working really hard on it but it was a chance for Nick and sadly he makes a mistake which costs England a win.”

Despite the mistake last night, Seaman does still believe that Pope should be on the plane to Qatar and that it could be a former Newcastle United target that is omitted from Gareth Southgate’s squad:

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“It’s a tough one but looking at it and the experience everyone has got, I think unfortunately Dean Henderson might miss out.

“He’s not made a lot of appearances for England, it’s his first season with Nottingham Forest so I imagine he would be the one that misses out.

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“Fingers crossed no one gets injured because you never know as there’s still a few months to go before the World Cup, that might happen.

“But in Aaron [Ramsdale] and Nick, you have two guys there that are really, really close in being number two.”

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Newcastle United and Pope face Fulham on Saturday, hoping to keep former Magpies striker Aleksandar Mitrovic off the score sheet.