Ewood Park

Next Game

Blackburn v Stoke City

Sunday, 03 August 2014, 15:00

Friendly Match

Last Game

1860 Munich 2 - 0 Stoke City

Saturday, 26 July 2014, 16:00

Friendly Match

Butland keeps England ambition

Jack Butland does not believe that being on loan at Barnsley in the Championship is hampering his England chances.

Last Updated: 25/10/13 at 22:26 Post Comment

Jack Butland: Still has England hopes

Jack Butland: Still has England hopes

With Asmir Begovic firmly entrenched as number one at Stoke City, Butland was left with little option to look for a loan move and he was snapped up by Barnsley.

But Butland does not believe playing outside the Premier League will hamper his ambition of going to next summer's World Cup finals.

"I've always wanted to be an England international. I want to get back in the squad and I want to go to the World Cup in the summer," he told Weekend Warm-up on Sky Sports News.

"That has been my target from the start of the season. If I wasn't playing it would be impossible for me to go.

"By coming here for three months, taking me up to the window in January, gives me the opportunity to get game time, to improve and to help here which will give me confidence.

"Ideally, in the second half of the season I would like to nick a Premier league loan move, which would be the ideal scenario, but I just need to keep playing.

"He (Roy Hodgson) is aware that I am here and fortunately, with the St George's Park set-up, when the 21s and seniors are there he is keen to catch up with me and the others lads.

"He is really interested to know how things are going at club level. I'm sure Dave Watson, who is another goalkeeping coach I have been working with, knows I'm here too. If I wasn't playing nobody would be seeing.

"The idea is to keep playing. If that is at Stoke, that is the ideal plan. If it is not, then it's not. But as long as I'm playing and knocking on the door that is all I can do."

For Barnsley, Butland is looking forward to the Yorkshire derby this weekend with Sheffield Wednesday.

"I know the anticipation and expectation on this game this weekend," he said.

"We had a few fans waiting for us when we came off the pitch [after training] and one said to me, 'you know how big this game is don't you?'. That tells me how much it means to the fans and to the people of Yorkshire.

"I'm excited for it. These are the games you live for: big derby games with loads of fans and the pressure is on."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

A

lexis Sanchez; too good for Liverpool, Stevie. :)

pires
Suarez 'too good for Arsenal'

T

he solution is to not feel sorry for any of Jabba, Gold or Sullivan. They're all deeply unpleasant and all deserve each other. If only West Ham would sign Barton and Suarez then no one would ever need to despise any other club.

spuzzell
The Strange Idea Of Sympathy For Big Sam

A

gree with all of this, good work. Brazil has obviously mellowed you...

jeff beck
New Striker Not Liverpool's Priority...

Footer 365

Danny Higginbotham backs Manchester United's Luke Shaw to overcome fitness issues

Former Stoke and Manchester United defender Danny Higginbotham has backed Luke Shaw to overcome recent fitness issues.

Transfer news: Sheffield Wednesday sign Tom Lees from Leeds

Sheffield Wednesday have signed defender Tom Lees from Leeds United for an undisclosed fee.

Manchester United owners warn Louis van Gaal over Champions League

Manchester United's owners have piled pressure on new boss Louis van Gaal by stressing the financial perils of failure.

Mail Box

Sterling Stuff And Other Friendly Thoughts

We have one reader reaching conclusions from last night's friendly while we have others discussing Romelu Lukaku's move to Everton. Oh and some swearing...

Divock Origi Is Like Connor Sammon (Sort Of)

One Mailboxer inserts his tongue into cheek to offer his thoughts on Liverpool's newest signing. Plus thoughts on league-owned clubs, badges, and swearing...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property