Three Lions keeper Butland eyeing for more success for England.
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Who was the last England goalkeeper to win a major European title and to also keep three clean sheets in four World Cup games? Answer: Jack Butland
The Bristol-born stopper, currently on loan at Cheltenham Town from Birmingham, was in John Peacock’s U17s side that beat Spain in the UEFA Championship Final
in Liechtenstein last year. He then progressed into Noel Blake’s U19s then on to represent the Three Lions in the U20 World Cup in Colombia in August
Earlier this month, 6 ft 4 Butland was given his first call-up for the Under-21s
as they began the road to Israel in 2013
. A qualifier against Azerbaijan in Watford
saw Butland make his first appearance for Stuart Pearce's side, and keep a clean sheet making a number of impressive saves as England ran out 6-0 winners.
Now, with four more qualifiers for the team before Christmas, the 18-year-old has been named in Pearce's latest squad
for matches away in Iceland
next month and is looking for another chance between the sticks, and maybe even have a taste of more international success.
“The Under-21s is massive for me,” he said. “Barring the senior team it’s the best level you can play at. I’m still young and excited to be part of it.
“If you want to win championships you’ve got to have it in you and you’ve got to give it everything you can. I’m lucky to have had the experiences and I feel very privileged. Hopefully I can push on and win another major championship with England.”
While at St Andrew’s, where he recently signed a new deal with Blues until 2015, Butland has also been able to train and learn from two experienced England goalkeepers in Joe Hart
and Ben Foster
, and hopes to one day follow in their footsteps into the senior team.
“I feel lucky to have had role models like them. I trained with them both for a year and there is a lot to learn from them as well, both on the pitch and off it.
“I used to kick myself if I made a mistake and it was easy to do when I was young. Joe told me to just relax, he’s very strong mentally and that’s one thing I learned from him.
"Whenever you see him playing he always has a smile on his face, some people might say he’s not concentrating, but he is. He just loves his football and I’ve learned from him to always enjoy it and pick yourself straight up if you make a mistake."
England Under-21s continue their 2013 UEFA European Championship campaign with a tough away double-header. They face Iceland next Thursday
before travelling to Norway for a game four days later
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