England’s squad for Euro 2016 just got a bit lighter, with one squad regular confirming he’s highly unlikely to make the plane for Roy Hodgson side’s trip across the channel to France this summer.
Jack Butland has told Stoke City’s official website that he’s resigned to missing the international tournament this summer, after fracturing his ankle in the first-half of England’s dramatic 3-2 victory over world champions Germany on Saturday evening.
With Joe Hart absent through injury, Butland had his chance to stake a claim for the number one jersey but an awkward fall led to the huge injury blow for the 23-year-old goalkeeper- and it also meant he was unable to save Toni Kroos’ opener.
Now, with the European Championships just over two months away, Butland has conceded he doesn’t think he’ll make the squad.
“I don’t think it is (the European Championships) going to be an option for me now to be honest because I won’t be able to play again between now and the end of the season. I will have an operation on Tuesday night and then it is all about working hard and making sure I come out the other side stronger and better than before.”
“It is difficult because I have been working towards the Euros this summer, but I won’t be able to be part of that experience now. It isn’t the challenge that I expected or wanted this summer but I am going to approach it with the right mentality and learn from it, both physically and mentally.”
With years ahead of him, fortunately Butland will have another chance of going to an international tournament but on the back of a quality season he had a real chance of establishing himself ahead of Joe Hart.
Fraser Forster and Tom Heaton will likely get playing time against the Netherlands this evening, opening the door for the Burnley stopper to get a seat on the plane this summer, whilst West Brom’s currently injured stopper Ben Foster is also eyeing a call-up.
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