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Butland Targets World Cup Squad

Wednesday October 23 2013


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REDS goalkeeper Jack Butland has targeted a place at next summer's World Cup in Brazil.

Butland, a loan signing from Stoke, has one cap for England but was not in Roy Hodgson's squad when they qualified for Brazil last week.

However, he captained the England Under-21 side and kept a clean sheet in the 5-0 thrashing of Lithuania at Ipswich’s Portman Road.

He is not expecting to displace Asmir Begovic at parent club Stoke City but hopes to impress at Oakwell until his loan expires on Boxing Day, before spending the second half of the season on loan at a Premier League club.

"The target is to get to Brazil," the 20-year-old said. "It will be difficult to get there unless I'm playing regularly and playing well.

"I had a few options but I came to Barnsley because it's a challenge that will improve me more than any other. I might get more to do than going somewhere higher in the league.

"There are more decisions and more saves for me to make. It will be much more satisfying to help get this team away from the drop zone in my three months here than it would be to perhaps be around the play-offs. I've enjoyed my time here so far."

Playing in front of Butland for England was Penistone lad John Stones, who left Oakwell for Everton in January.

Butland said: "John is a really nice lad. He works hard, he’s loud and vocal and wants to win but he’s got really good ability as well. He’s an important part of our side. Hopefully he can get a few more minutes for Everton. It’s great for Barnsley to have players involved."

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