Birmingham goalkeeper Jack Butland inched closer to making a remarkable England debut when Joe Hart pulled out of the squad for Wednesday's friendly with Italy.

Hart and Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge have both been ruled out of the encounter in Berne with back and toe injuries respectively.

However, manager Roy Hodgson has taken the unusual decision not to call-up any replacements, meaning Butland and Norwich's John Ruddy are the only two keepers left in his squad.

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