Jack Butland is looking forward to a fresh start with England Under-21s this season
England v Scotland
Kick It Out International
7.30pm, Tuesday 13 August 2013
Bramall Lane, Sheffield United
Live on BT Sport 1
Tickets: £10 adults, £5 children, click here to buy online
(Group tickets also available)
Jack Butland believes Tuesday’s game with Scotland offers a chance to start afresh for England Under-21s.
The Stoke City goalkeeper was part of the Under-21s squad who travelled to the Euro Finals in Israel during the summer, only to head home after the group stage.
But with Roy Hodgson taking charge of this week’s game at Bramall Lane, and a new-look squad for the forthcoming Euro qualifying campaign, Butland believes there is plenty to be positive about.
He said: “We’ve got a fresh squad with a lot of new faces and also a few experienced players in there as well, so it’s looking good and it should be a good campaign as well.
“I think with a game against one of the home nations it’s a good chance for everyone to perform well and get one over on our rivals.
“We don’t often get to play one of the home nations. The Victory Shield with the U16s was the last time I played against any of them, so it’s a good opportunity to renew that rivalry.
“There’s always an extra edge to it when it’s a ‘derby’ and it will be a good test for us and it’s one to look forward to.”
With Hodgson and assistant coach Ray Lewington in charge of the Under-21s for this game, ahead of the appointment of a new Head Coach, it is a good opportunity for some of the squad to impress.
There is a 24-man squad for the game and Hodgson enjoyed a full training session with the group on Sunday before his senior squad arrived later in the day.
And as one of the Under-21 players with senior squad experience, Butland sees the benefits of Hodgson and his team taking the group for the Scotland game.
He added: “It’s a very unique opportunity for the new lads that have come into the squad to make a good impression and also for the lads that have been in there before to try and impress the senior management.
“It’s an exciting time for everyone, especially the new caps coming into the set-up who haven’t been in before, they can now express what they’ve got and impress the Manager.”
You can read a full interview with Jack in the official matchday programme for the Under-21s’ game with Scotland. Click here to order your copy online.