Jack Butland to make England competitive debut against Lithuania in Euro 2016 qualifier

PUBLISHED: 12:10 12 October 2015 | UPDATED: 12:10 12 October 2015

Jack Butland has been in fine form this season for Stoke City.
© PHIL GREIG/STOKE CITY FOOTBALL CLUB 2015

Jack Butland has been in fine form this season for Stoke City. © PHIL GREIG/STOKE CITY FOOTBALL CLUB 2015

Phil Greig 2015

Former Clevedon School pupil Jack Butland will be handed his competitive debut tonight (Monday) by England manager Roy Hodgson for England’s final Euro 2016 qualifier in Lithuania.

Roy Hodgson is expected to give Jack Butland his competitive debut tonight in Lithuania.
© PHIL GREIG/STOKE CITY FOOTBALL CLUB 2015Roy Hodgson is expected to give Jack Butland his competitive debut tonight in Lithuania. © PHIL GREIG/STOKE CITY FOOTBALL CLUB 2015

The Stoke City goalkeeper is set to win his second international cap – having made his debut in a friendly against Italy in 2012.

The 22-year-old has impressed many onlookers with his performances this season for the Potters following Asmir Begovic’s transfer to Chelsea in the summer.

With England having already qualified for the European Championships in France next summer, Hodgson has decided to give some of his less experienced players a chance to prove themselves worthy of a place in his final 23-man squad.

Manchester City goalkeeper – and England’s regular number one – Joe Hart has been left at home, giving Butland a chance to stake his claim.

Butland will be battling goalkeepers Ben Foster, Fraser Forster, John Ruddy and Tom Heaton to join Hart in the Euro 2016 squad, with three keepers set to make the final cut.


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