Report by Tom Wright , Reporter
Friday, May 25, 2012
A CLEVEDON teenager will be going to Euro 2012 with England after Norwich City’s John Ruddy pulled out of the squad with a broken finger.
Jack Butland, aged 19, was named as a standby by manager Roy Hodgson but will join Europe’s finest in travelling to Poland and Ukraine for the summer tournament which starts on June 8.
The former Clevedon School pupil, who is contracted to Birmingham City, will join Manchester City’s Joe Hart and West Ham United’s Robert Green as the goalkeepers in the 23-man squad.
Butland, who only made his football league debut on loan with Cheltenham Town this season, has also been tipped to represent Team GB at the Olympic Games later this year.
He joined Birmingham City as a schoolboy in 2007, after playing for Clevedon United and the Bristol-based Jamie Shore Soccer School as a youngster.
After leaving Clevedon School in 2009, he began a scholarship at Birmingham’s youth academy.
He signed his first professional contract at 17 and at the end of the 2009/10 season he was named Birmingham City’s young player of the year.