Ambitious Butland seeks loan switch

Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland is hoping to seal a loan move to a Championship side in a bid to earn a place in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the World Cup finals in Brazil.

The 21-year-old has failed to oust the Potters’ first-choice shot-stopper, Asmir Begovic, since moving to the Britannia Stadium in a £3.3million deal in January 2013.

Butland, who was Great Britain’s goalkeeper at the London Olympics, became the youngest goalkeeper to play for the senior England team when he featured in the friendly against Italy in August 2012.

He was replaced at half time by John Ruddy, but his career has nosedived this season and he was sent out on loan to Championship strugglers Barnsley earlier this term, featuring in 13 matches for the Tykes.

He returned to Stoke in December after Begovic broke his finger and made his debut for Mark Hughes’ side against Everton when veteran Danish keeper Thomas Sorensen suffered an Achilles problem.

He started the next two Premier League matches against Liverpool and Crystal Palace but lost his place when Begovic returned to full fitness.

Butland has not been involved in Stoke’s last three Premier League matches and he fears that he will be overlooked when the England squad will struggle to qualify from a group that also contains Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica, is selected by Hodgson.

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