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England hopeful hints at Stoke City exit

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Butland wants to go out on loan.  (©GettyImages)
Butland wants to go out on loan. (©GettyImages).

Stoke City keeper Jack Butland will go on loan in order to give himself the best chance of being part of the England squad to go to Rio de Janeiro for the 2014 World Cup, according to the Daily Mirror.

Signed by the Potters from Birmingham City in January 2013, Butland remained on-loan at the Championship side for the remainder of last season.

With Asmir Begovic, Stoke's undisputed number one, remaining at the club over the summer transfer window, the 20-year-old feels he must get first-team football elsewhere to ensure the best chance of being in the England squad for Rio.

“It will be sorted out in the next few weeks so there is no worry there," he told the paper.

“Without a doubt, to go to Rio is my target.

“I know the only chance of me ­getting there is to be ­playing week in, week out and putting in extremely good ­performances.

“I want to make sure I do that to give myself the best opportunity of going."

The young shot-stopper was called up to the England team for their Euro 2012 campaign after John Ruddy broke a finger but did not make an appearance at the competition.

Both Sheffield Wednesday and Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon are interested in Butland with Stoke boss Mark Hughes now only to decide which one of the two would benefit the England Under-21 star most.

Butland himself is insistent that he feels no shame in not being able to break into the Stoke first team considering the quality of Begovic.

“It is difficult being a keeper because only one of you can play – and I have no shame in not playing ­because of Asmir," he said.

“He is an ­incredible ­keeper, but I have improved since I joined Stoke and that is important to me.”

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