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Rangers goalkeeper Butland in contention for England recall

Rangers goalkeeper Jack Butland is in contention to be recalled by Gareth Southgate for England’s upcoming friendlies against Brazil and Belgium, Sky Sports News has been told.

Butland has nine England caps but last played for his country more than five years ago in September 2018.

The 30-year-old has been in outstanding form for Scottish Premiership leaders Rangers, keeping 17 clean sheets in 27 league matches and propelling his side above Celtic. He has faced 63 shots, conceding 13 goals from an expected goals on target total of 17.33.

With Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale having not featured in the Premier League since November and Newcastle’s Nick Pope not expected to return from shoulder surgery for another month at least, Butland’s name has come to the fore in Southgate’s selection discussions.

Jack Butland in action during his last England appearance against Switzerland in September 2018
Image: Jack Butland in action during his last England appearance against Switzerland in September 2018

Butland turns 31 in a fortnight and has remained in contact with Southgate and other FA officials.

When England travelled north to play Scotland in a friendly at Hampden Park last September, Butland took it upon himself to go and meet with Southgate and the rest of the squad while they prepared at Rangers’ training ground.

England’s goalkeeping coach, Martyn Margetson, has kept close tabs on him and is sent weekly videos so he can review his form.

Butland has made no secret of his ambition to add to his nine England caps, having been Jordan Pickford’s deputy at the World Cup in Russia in 2018.

Jack Butland joined Rangers in the summer
Image: Jack Butland joined Rangers in the summer

England play friendlies against Brazil and Belgium at Wembley in just over three weeks, with Pickford Southgate’s first-choice keeper and Crystal Palace’s Sam Johnstone as his understudy.

Ironically, Johnstone’s form for Place led to Butland being released from Selhurst Park in June. He went on to sign a four-year contract at Ibrox until 2027 and has gone on to become a fans’ favourite.

England’s Euro 2024 Group C fixtures

Sunday June 16 – Group C: Serbia vs England (Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen – kick-off 8pm UK time)

Thursday June 20 – Group C: Denmark vs England (Waldstadion, Frankfurt – kick-off 5pm UK time)

Tuesday June 25 – Group C: England vs Slovenia (RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne – kick-off 8pm UK time)

Sky News
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