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Butland dreaming of England bow

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Teenage goalkeeper Jack Butland admits it will be a "dream come true" if he makes his senior England debut in this week's friendly against Italy in Berne.

The 19-year-old Birmingham custodian could get the chance to feature on Wednesday after Joe Hart was ruled out with a back injury. England manager Roy Hodgson opted against calling up a replacement for Hart, leaving Butland and John Ruddy as the only two remaining goalkeepers.

For a player whose only senior experience at domestic level are the 24 games he played on loan for Cheltenham in npower League Two last season, a full England bow would cap a remarkable rise for Butland having also played for Great Britain during the Olympics. He said at Monday's press conference: "It's what dreams are made of."

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