Butland seeking Brazil ticket

Goalkeeper Jack Butland is refusing to rest in his pursuit of a place in England's squad for the World Cup in Brazil.

Last Updated: 23/12/13 at 11:45 Post Comment

Jack Butland: Ready to fight for a World Cup spot

Jack Butland: Ready to fight for a World Cup spot

Goalkeeper Jack Butland is refusing to rest in his pursuit of a place in England's squad for the World Cup in Brazil, and would be prepared to go back out on loan in the New Year.

The 20-year-old, who signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with Premier League side Stoke in January, is currently plying his trade on loan with Barnsley in the Championship.

Butland was one of the stand-out performers as the struggling Championship outfit travelled to Elland Road and left with a point after a goalless draw with Leeds United.

The Tykes keeper denied Leeds striker Matt Smith from point-blank range before tipping Ross McCormack's second-half header over the bar to keep Barnsley in the game.

Barnsley's clash with Bolton at Oakwell on Boxing Day will be the final game of Butland's loan spell with the Tykes.

But the shot-stopper insists he will be forced to seek another switch should he not be offered first-team football upon his return to the Britannia Stadium.

"There is no point me sitting on the bench doing nothing," Butland told the Daily Star.

"My target when I joined Stoke was to play for them. We will have to see what pans out over January.

"If I'm not playing, then my main focus would be to get back out on loan."

Butland's desire to be on the field has extra fuel with England beginning their World Cup campaign in Brazil in just six months' time.

Having represented the Three Lions from Under 16 right to Under 21 level, Butland was awarded his senior debut by Roy Hodgson in 2012 and he is looking to cause selection headaches for the manager in 2014.

"In the back of my mind is the World Cup," he said.

"The higher level I am playing at, the more pressure I can put the manager under."


New Sky Bet customers: Free £30 matched bet


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

d like to add players who push their team-mates out of the way to celebrate on their own

exhausted
The Ten Most Hated Things In Football

I

f I were Manuel Pellegrini I would keep quiet and hope the Board didn't notice City not winning anything. If he isn't sacked I'd be astonished.

lfcfan80
Pellegrini: I won't be sacked

S

till I suppose it still gives him at least another year in the job. By the time it comes around , he can always make up another excuse. First it was 3 months , then a year .....Next year ? Whats his excuse with Van Persie ?

spud1
Di Maria 'could peak next year'

Footer 365

Neville 'concerned' over Reds form

Gary Neville has admitted that he is "concerned" that a resurgent Liverpool could qualify for the Champions League ahead of Manchester United.

Boro claim top spot as Derby lose

Middlesbrough became the new Championship leaders as they took advantage of Derby's latest slip by beating Millwall 3-0.

Aston Villa 2-1 West Brom: Benteke's late show helps end Villa's long wait for a win

Tim Sherwood recorded his first win as Aston Villa boss as Christian Benteke's late penalty helped beat West Brom 2-1.

Mail Box

Look Away Now Please, Sherwood...

Sherwood's cringeworthiness, Matic's Wembley celebrations, why LVG must show balls - it's all here in your Wednesday afternoon Mailbox...

United's No 2 Isn't That Bad Either...

One mailboxer is getting in a flap about the claim Man Utd would struggle without De Dea, while there's some anger directed at Chelsea...

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