Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has backed England goalkeeper Jack Butland to be a success, despite loaning the youngster to Championship side Barnsley this week.

Butland has been unable to force his way into the Stoke first XI but Hughes believes the keeper has what it takes to succeed at the top level.

"It was always our intention to get Jack Butland out on loan," Hughes told Sky Sports. "It was vitally important to get him out to allow him to continue his development.

"He is an outstanding young talent and someone we have incredibly high hopes for. We will keep a close eye on him and he will come here on certain days to maintain the work he has been doing with us.

"It is a good move for him and he will learn a lot from it. He has the potential to be the next England keeper."

The 20-year-old stopper represented Great Britain at the 2012 London Olympics and now has the opportunity to gain much needed game time at Barnsley and force his way back into the England fold ahead of next summer's World Cup in Brazil. 

There has been speculation that Stoke first-choice goalkeeper Asmir Begovic could depart the Britannia Stadium in January and if that is the case it would leave Butland with the opportunity to fill the gap.

Butland is likely to make his debut for his new side on Saturday as Barnsley travel to The King Power Stadium as they face a tough match against in-form Leicester.


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