Next Game

S Marino v England

Saturday, 05 September 2015, 17:00

European Qualifiers Group E

Last Game

Slovenia 2 - 3 England

Sunday, 14 June 2015, 17:00

European Qualifiers Group E

Butland named U21 skipper

On-loan Barnsley goalkeeper Jack Butland will captain the England U21 side for their upcoming matches.

Last Updated: 08/10/13 at 18:53 Post Comment

Jack Butland: Gareth Southgate has confirmed the goalkeeper will lead out the En

Jack Butland: Gareth Southgate has confirmed the goalkeeper will lead out the En

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The Stoke man will replace Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom, who was handed a four-match ban after he was red-carded for kicking Tim Vayrynen during last month's 1-1 draw in Finland.

He will therefore miss the upcoming European Championship qualifiers against San Marino and Lithuania, as well as the clashes with Finland and San Marino again next month.

"Jack Butland will be captain," said Southgate. "First and foremost, his professionalism and his standing within the group is very high.

"He is our most experienced player, he has obviously played for the seniors, and, around the squad, I think he is a very good influence.

"He connects well with all of the squad and I think that is important."

Southgate also revealed that he had been to visit Wisdom since the sending-off in order to reassure the player.

"I went to see him because I think it was important that he realised we are supportive of him," said Southgate.

"But, for all of us in the squad, it was a lesson to learn that, in European football, games are refereed differently and keeping control is important.

"Andre suffered a harsh lesson because it is a four-game ban and it is one which we as a squad must take on board."

Shelvey and Wickham miss out

Swansea's Jonjo Shelvey and Sunderland striker Connor Wickham have both been left out of Southgate's squad.

And the manager explained: "I know enough about Jonjo, I wanted to look at some different players.

"There is a fair chance that, if we went to a tournament in two years' time, he might be involved at a more senior level.

"Also, he has had a lot of matches going back to pre-season, when Swansea were in Europe.

"With midfield and out wide, it is dangerous to say, but I have an embarrassment of riches, really.

"Some of the younger ones I want to have a look at, because I think they are more likely to be involved going towards a tournament and I would like to bed them in now.

"Connor was not able to report last time and hasn't really played any football since. It is as simple as that, really.

"Danny Ings is scoring regularly at Burnley and has been in outstanding form, and Nick Powell at Wigan is the same.

"Danny is the addition, if you like, and I just felt his form justified that, but we know about Connor from seeing him play in the younger age groups.

"At the moment, he has not really been able to play first-team football, or anything underneath that."

TEAMtalk Facebook Fan Page

The TEAMtalk fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

Y

ou can't blame De Gea for wanting to leave, he has enough to do in front of goal as it is as well as taking on the role of Man Utd's version of Derek Acorah in trying to contact and organise a defence that isn't there.

rodger's gusset
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

I

f you want to take six points off Arsenal, then that's a great strike force. Can't imagine either of them showing much for the rest of the season though...

foot in mouth
Adebayor & Berbatov: You Have To Admire The Balls

L

ooks like Real get their man, most likely at their own valuation, yet again. Resistance is futile.

paul7702
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

Footer 365

Telles agent hints at Chelsea interest

Alex Telles' agent has hinted Chelsea are among the clubs interested in signing Galatasaray left-back this summer.

Keown hopes for top-class striker signing

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown hopes Arsene Wenger is in the market for a top-class centre-forward this summer.

Pochettino plays down Hernandez rumours

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has played down speculation linking Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez with a move to the club.

Mail Box

De Gea Disrespectful? Remember RVP...

We got dozens of mails from people pointing and laughing at Brian D for suggesting David de Gea has acted disrespectfully; we printed some. And there's more...

Getting Tired Of De Gea's Disrespect

One Manchester United fan is growing weary of David de Gea's disrespect. Plus thoughts on Southampton's summer, Balotelli loan, and Depay in the centre. Why?

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company