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Butland stays focused amid transfer talk

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Birmingham goalkeeper Jack Butland insists talk of a summer move is not proving a distraction as the Olympic Games approach.

The 19-year-old is considered one of the most sought-after young English prospects, with reported interest from Liverpool, Tottenham and Southampton. Despite his only first-team football action coming during a loan spell with fourth-tier Cheltenham, Butland's stock has risen rapidly since his inclusion in England's Euro 2012 squad.

The Bristol-born player has also been named in the Team GB squad for London 2012 - something that he insists has his undivided attention despite rumours circulating about his future. He told Press Association Sport: "You can't let it distract you. At the end of the day, it is all rumours until it becomes a necessity and it needs to happen."

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