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

Hughes: World Cup not in plans

Stoke manager Mark Hughes insists Jack Butland's World Cup ambitions will not affect his team selection.

Last Updated: 11/01/14 at 11:16 Post Comment

Jack Butland: Hoping to retain Stoke place

Jack Butland: Hoping to retain Stoke place

The 20-year-old began the season as third-choice keeper at the Britannia Stadium and spent a period on loan at Championship strugglers Barnsley.

He has since been thrust into the spotlight at Stoke though, with Asmir Begovic and Thomas Sorensen out injured.

Butland featured in the New Year's day draw with Everton, where he replaced Sorensen at half-time, as well as the FA Cup third round victory over Leicester.

But with Sorensen closing on return to action, Butland may be forced to drop to the bench once again.

That may adversely affect his chances of making Roy Hodgson's squad for this year's World Cup in Brazil but Hughes remains unapologetic.

"My intention is to make the right decisions for Stoke City - the World Cup doesn't come into my thinking," said Hughes.

"Jack understands and accepts that - I'll always do my best for Stoke first and foremost.

"And so will Jack, although he has ambitions to go to the World Cup, he knows he has to establish himself at this level."

Butland, who has played once for England as well as representing Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics, has impressed during his two appearances for the Potters and Hughes has offered his support.

"I have no worries about Jack - given how he acquitted himself when he came on at half-time for Thomas against Everton," he added.

"He showed a lot of confidence and presence in the box, and against Leicester in the FA Cup what he had to do, he did really well."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

T

heyremind me of Utd's treble winning side. Swashbuckling and risk prone. We ha Jaap Stam to paper over the cracks at the back though. Not sure they have their Jaap yet.

HarryBoulton
New Striker Not Liverpool's Priority...

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

Footer 365

Patrice Evra reveals he would have been Man Utd captain if he had stayed

Patrice Evra has revealed he would have been made captain if he had stayed at Manchester United.

Transfer news: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers targets further signings

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is hoping to further strengthen his squad ahead of the transfer deadline on September 1.

Transfer news: Jose Mourinho confirms Fernando Torres will stay at Chelsea

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has told Sky Sports News Fernando Torres will not be sold during this transfer window.

Mail Box

Plenty Of Reasons Why Lukaku's Worth It

The mailbox defends Everton's enormous outlay on Romelu Lukaku, while we also have mails on Spurs and Suarez. Oh, and worrying about the new magic spray...

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...

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