Jack Butland insists he has got enough time to make himself England’s No1 for the World Cup. Stoke keeper Butland is refreshingly honest about his ambition and determination to battle Joe Hart to become first choice by next summer. He is equally open about his desire to play in the Champions League but believes playing for Stoke should not be an obstacle when it comes to playing for England. “I’ve always said and I’ve never hid the fact that I want to play at the top, be England’s No1 and win trophies,” said Butland. “While I’m at Stoke, I’ll always try to do that. “But me and the fans, they know I have targets and ambitions, and they’d be happy for me if that (playing in the Champions League) happened. It’s good that I’ve got that sort of relationship with them and the club. “It’s testing yourself, not just against the best in this country but the best the rest of the world has to offer and the best in Europe. You don’t get to play against them very often, playing against teams that you are not aware of.
Jack Butland eyes England No.1 role, trophies and Champions League football - at Stoke or elsewhere
Daily Mirror | Sep 16