Under-21s Player of 2014 contender: Jack Butland

Monday 01 Dec 2014
Butland has played six games for the Under-21s in 2014
England Under-21s captain Jack Butland has enjoyed a successful year, leading the Three Lions on the pitch to next summer’s Euro Finals.

And the Stoke City keeper kicks off our rundown of all 28 players to feature for Gareth Southgate's side as we begin the search for the fans' Vauxhall England Under-21s Player of the Year.  

Jack Butland

Club: Stoke City
DOB: 10/03/93
Caps in 2014: 6
Total Caps: 24

Butland might have endured a nomadic year on a domestic level, with loan spells at Leeds United and Derby County, but he has been a real rock for the Under-21s.

A big character in the squad, the Bristol-born ace also brings a calmness on the pitch as one of the Under-21s’ most experienced players.

And while the goalscorers often take the plaudits, some of Butland’s saves in his six games during 2014 have been match-winning.

His stunning save in the early stages of the play-off second leg against Croatia in October was as important as a goal, given how tightly balanced the tie was. It provided England with the platform to complete a 2-1 away victory.

Butland has previously been capped by England at U16, U17, U20 and senior level and has 24 appearances for the Under-21s to his name, plus three more at this year's Toulon Tournament.

After a memorable 2014, Butland will now be hoping to take that momentum into 2015.

To vote for Jack as your Vauxhall England Under-21s Player of the Year, sign up for FREE to become a member of the England Supporters Club and make your choice here...

[Voting Closes at midnight on New Year's Eve]

By Nicholas Veevers Content Manager - FA Owned Channels