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Jack Butland wants to overtake Joe Hart as England’s first-choice goalkeeper

Sunday, July 10, 2016 Source:

Stoke City‘s Jack Butland has revealed that he’s ready to take over from Joe Hart as England‘s first-choice goalkeeper.

Hart made a number of mistakes at Euro 2016, receiving heavy criticism for each of the four goals he conceded, especially after Gareth Bale’s free-kick in their second game of the group stage.

Although Butland sympathises with the Manchester City man, he’s aiming to take his place in the England team in the coming months.

''It’s a massive stage and he made some errors that he won’t make again. That’s the nature of goalkeeping and he’s still someone I look up to,” the Potters’ number one told Goal. “With his mental toughness and character he will bounce back and be the goalkeeper everyone knows he is.

''But it’s tough to see because you don’t want to be in that position and it’s horrible to see it happen to someone else. Maybe it will give me an opportunity, but it’s still down to me to perform and show everyone what I’m capable of. I’m hoping to have a good pre-season, start the season well, get in that first England squad and go from there.”

The 23-year-old was going to be in Roy Hodgson’s squad for this summer’s tournament, but had to withdraw after suffering a broken ankle in a friendly against Germany. He was replaced by Burnley’s Tom Heaton, who – along with Fraser Forster – didn’t feature in France.

Butland kept 10 clean sheets in 31 Premier League appearances for Mark Hughes’ side last term, five less than compatriot Hart. He also conceded more goals-per-game (1.19) than Hart (1.00).

Forster represents the only other major contender for the starting spot in England’s team, and won’t be easy to overcome either, after having a fantastic season in the Premier League last term, keeping clean sheets in a third of the games he played in.

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