Charlton Athletic goalkeeper Dillon Phillips has sent a message to Burnley shot-stopper Nick Pope after the latter made his debut for England on Sunday evening.
Pope started the clash with Kosovo in the Three Lions’ final match of their Euro 2020 qualifying group and Phillips, who was a teammate of Pope’s during his spell with Charlton, was quick to send his praises.
Writing on Instagram, alongside a photograph of the England man, Phillips wrote: “Over the moon for you big dog.”
The message also included a cat emoji, presumably referencing Pope’s impressive reflexes.
Pope made the move to The Valley back in 2011, signing from Bury Town, but always struggled to break into the first-team, spending seven spells away on loan with the likes of Welling, Cambridge United, Aldershot and York City.
Following his first season of regular first-team action during the 2016/17 campaign, however, Burnley decided to take a punt on him.
Phillips has only recently established himself in the Charlton first-team, first breaking into the side midway through last season after Jed Steer was recalled from his loan spell by Aston Villa.
But his performances were a major factor in helping the Addicks win promotion via the play-offs last season and has since retained his starting spot for the current campaign.
This is nice to see and there is no doubt that Pope will be an inspiring figure to the likes of Phillips.
The Burnley man has far from had it easy throughout his playing career but his workrate and confidence has finally seen him reach a level that every players seeks.
At 24, Phillips still has plenty of time to do the same.