Jack Butland looking forward to leading out England on home soil on Tuesday
England v Lithuania
UEFA European U21 Championship
Qualifying Group One
6pm, Tuesday 15 October 2013
Portman Road, Ipswich Town FC
Live on BT Sport
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Jack Butland admits he will be honoured to lead out the Three Lions at Portman Road when they face Lithuania on Tuesday.
The Stoke City goalkeeper, currently on loan with Barnsley, has been named as Under-21s captain by boss Gareth Southgate in the absence of usual skipper Andre Wisdom.
His first game with the armband came last Thursday during England’s 4-0 victory over San Marino in Serravalle which was, by Butland's own admission, one of his quieter evenings.
And with the chance of making it two wins from two games this week, Butland is looking forward to the match and playing in front of a home crowd.
He told TheFA.com: "Hopefully there will be plenty of people there cheering us on and it's going to be a great game.
"There's a lot of talent in this team for them to watch, so playing in front of a home crowd will be fantastic and it's something that I'm very much looking forward to.
"It was a very proud moment for me [to be captain] and I'm very honoured to be given the armband in Andre's absence.
"It's an incredible feeling for me and my family and I cherished every minute of it, even though I didn't have much to do, it was still a very proud evening and hopefully it will be the same on Tuesday evening.”
Having been an England regular over the years and facing up to his attacking squad-mates in training this week, Butland knows just how exciting this group of players have the potential to be.
And with Lithuania likely to adopt a fairly solid formation on Tuesday, the 20-year-old believes there is enough quality throughout the squad to get the goals needed.
"I think Lithuania will attack us more than San Marino did, they have more ability and they will be aware of what we have, but we will be careful about getting caught out on the counter attacks,” he added.
"We've got to go out there and be as professional as we can and if we are, then they won't cause us a problem.
"I think they will give us a bit more room to attack, as they will attack us more and that will give us a bit of space to get back at them.
"So it's a good game, a good test for us and another challenge which we need to be ready for.”
You can watch the full interview with Jack, including his thoughts on some of the squad’s attacking talent, the importance of first-team football and his own loan spell at Barnsley in the video player below.