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Butland keen to take Hart's place

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Butland keen to take Hart's place (©GettyImages)
Butland keen to take Hart's place (©GettyImages).

Jack Butland wants to push Joe Hart for the England number one spot but is determined to stay level-headed following his rapid rise up the footballing ladder.

The Birmingham goalkeeper is in contention to make his England debut in Wednesday evening's friendly international with Italy in Berne. Butland spent part of last season on loan at League Two side Cheltenham before the 19-year-old ended up being called into the Euro 2012 squad and was Team GB's keeper during the Olympic Games.

But he is conscious of not getting carried away, and said: "Things have happened so quickly for me and I'm thankful for the family I have. They make sure I don't get ahead of myself, which is something I hate to see in players. The term 'big time', I hate to see that."

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