Former Clevedon student gets England call up

PUBLISHED: 18:05 16 May 2018 | UPDATED: 18:11 16 May 2018

Jack Butland returned from injury to play the final few games of the season for Stoke City. © PHIL GREIG/STOKE CITY FOOTBALL CLUB 2015

Jack Butland returned from injury to play the final few games of the season for Stoke City. © PHIL GREIG/STOKE CITY FOOTBALL CLUB 2015

PHIL GREIG/STOKE CITY FOOTBALL CLUB 2015

A former Clevedon School pupil has been named in the England World Cup squad today (Wednesday).

Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland, aged 25, will travel with the likes of Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Danny Welbeck and Raheem Sterling to Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Matches will kick-off on June 14 with England first facing Tunisia on June 18.

The team will also play Belgium and Panama in group G, with the top two teams from each group going into the Final-16.

The school tweeted: “So proud of former student Jack Butland – enjoy yourself Jack from all at Clevedon School.”

Jack posted on Instagram this afternoon saying: “Every call up is an honour, but a world cup is something extra special. I have always dreamt of this moment and can’t wait for the next couple of months. Let’s go England.”

England manager Gareth Southgate told the BBC the squad is something to ‘be excited about’.

He added: “It is a young group but with some really important players, so I feel the balance of the squad is good, both in terms of its experience, its character and also positional balance.”

Jack will be joined by goalkeepers Jordan Pickford of Everton and Nick Pope of Burnley.

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