Butland receives assurances from Southgate on first team place


Jack Butland has received assurances from Gareth Southgate that his England place is safe.

Butland is currently plying his trade in the Championship for Stoke City.

The goalkeeper is England’s only squad member picked from outside the Premier League, having been relegated with Stoke last term.

“You can argue the standard of opposition [in the Championship] is different, but ultimately it’s still a very demanding league,” the former Birmingham City man told Sky Sports.

“I still have to be at the top of my game, still have to be fit, strong, train well and ultimately play well.

“If I can do that I’d like to think I can stay in the squad.

“If I’m in the Championship beyond this season then obviously things start to get a little bit trickier. But certainly this year, if I can keep standards high, he’s reassured me I can be part of the team.”

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