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England News: Butland relishing Three Lions competition

1 year ago

In the latest England team news, Jack Butland says he has been enjoying the battle for the number one jersey ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

With the tournament fast approaching, Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate is considering his options between the sticks.

West Ham keeper Joe Hart has been the regular shot-stopper for England in recent years but a disappointing Euro 2016 and losing his place at Manchester City has brought his position in the national side into question.

Butland now looks like he will be battling it out with the likes of Burnley’s Nick Pope and Everton’s Jordan Pickford for the number one jersey.

With competition for places fierce, Stoke City’s Butland says he is enjoying the experience and feels it will only serve England well going into the tournament.

He told reporters: “It’s a good thing isn’t it, having competition? I enjoy it.

“Training between all of us is extremely intense. Obviously it’s one we’re all trying to take for ourselves but ultimately whoever deserves it, whoever the manager feels, will get it and we’re all trying to do our bit to make sure it’s us.

“The manager will make his decision when he’s ready, until that time and even beyond that time we’ll all be battling to show who is best. I think that’s a great way to go into a World Cup, the fact not knowing who it is just yet shows the competition is great and whoever it will be is going to be coming off a battle, which is what we want.”

“It’s a great group and we back each other – whoever it’s been in the team everyone has always supported them.

England are next in action on Tuesday night when they host Italy at Wembley, with the Three Lions at 21/20 with William Hill to secure the win.