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
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.
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.
If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the North Somerset Times. Click the link in the orange box above for details.