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Butland on verge of England debut

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Butland on verge of England debut (©GettyImages)
Butland on verge of England debut (©GettyImages).

England's squad begin preparations for Wednesday's friendly with Italy on Monday morning with Roy Hodgson pondering whether to offer 19-year-old Jack Butland the most remarkable international debut.

Prior to this summer, the 19-year-old's only previous experience at senior level was in npower League Two for Cheltenham last season. Then, when John Ruddy was forced to pull out of England's Euro 2012 squad, Butland was elevated into the senior ranks for the first time as third-choice goalkeeper.

Although Butland did not make an appearance in Poland and Ukraine, he made a big impression on the England coaching staff and was also allowed to play for Great Britain during their Olympic campaign. Butland again did well in front of massive crowds at Old Trafford, Wembley and the Millennium Stadium.

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