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Butland considering loan move

Jack Butland admits he may be forced to go out on loan if he is to earn a place in England's World Cup squad.

Last Updated: 06/02/14 at 11:36 Post Comment

Jack Butland: Made four appearances for Stoke last month

Jack Butland: Made four appearances for Stoke last month

The 21-year-old goalkeeper made four appearances for Stoke last month but has lost his place in the starting line-up following the return of Asmir Begovic from injury.

With Joe Hart almost certain to travel to Brazil, Butland is in direct competition with Celtic's Fraser Forster and Norwich's John Ruddy for the two remaining goalkeeper positions.

And the youngster acknowledges that he stands no chance of making Roy Hodgson's squad unless he is playing first-team football on a regular basis.

Butland told Sky Sports News: "Now that the transfer window is closed a loan move to the Premier League is not on the cards, so I'll either see what happens at Stoke or assess my options in the Championship.

"If I'm not playing, there is no way I can be chosen for any squad. I need to be playing in order to give myself a chance of going (to Brazil)."

Butland added: "I'm always confident in my ability; you have to be as a goalkeeper. If I'm playing well, I have a chance.

"All I can focus on is playing as many games as I can at the highest level. If that leads me to the World Cup, then brilliant. It's certainly a target of mine."

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nd we always will love Ozil. I don't really mind if no other team can see just how brilliant he is, or if people think he is rubbish, because we know he is far from it. He is a fantastic player, and if people cannot see that it can only be a good thing, in that he will be at Arsenal for years to come, pulling the strings from behind a glass veil.

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like the list and Ozil in particular does seem under appreciated when you look at his stats (an odd thing considering his fee or maybe because of it). Palace have a few and I've always thought Dwight Gayle at Palace was under rated, certainly when you look at his goals per game ratio. You can probably also add Ryan Bertrand at Saints who should be in the England team in my view.

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ew Shaun Wright Phillips, there I've said it. If any club offers stupid money we'd be stupid to say no, he's not a potential worldie by any stretch and I feel that after a few years warming the bench at city or Chelsea he'll be back at QPR smoking sheesha pipes under Harry Redknapp.

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