Jack Butland ready for England U21s' Toulon test

Wednesday 21 May 2014
Jack Butland is hoping to end the season on a high in Toulon with England Under-21s
Jack Butland wants England Under-21s to bring their season to a good end in the Toulon Tournament over the next 10 days, after an unbeaten campaign so far.

The Stoke City goalkeeper captained the Three Lions to a 3-1 win over Wales earlier in the week, helping Gareth Southgate’s squad move nine points clear in their Euro qualifying group.

Qatar v England

Toulon Tournament 2014
6.30pm, Thursday 22 May 2014
Stade L. Lagrange, Toulon
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And the team are now in the south of France preparing for their next batch of games, with the Toulon Tournament kicking off on Thursday evening with a match against Qatar.

"It’s a beautiful place and the weather’s good so we’re looking forward to training and cracking on with some games," admitted Butland on the eve of the squad’s first full day in Provence.

"There’s a good mixture of teams in there, of varying qualities and ways of playing so it will be a good test for us, to rotate the squad and show everyone what we’re about.

"It’s a good squad to be a part of and hopefully we can come away with something from it."

The trip to France brings this season to a close for Southgate’s side, who have remained unbeaten in Euro qualifying and won all of their games aside from a 1-1 draw in Finland last September.

And the 21-year-old has been an almost ever-present during the campaign, so is equally keen to bring the season to a satisfactory close.

"It’s been a successful year and it was brilliant to bring an end to the qualifying side of it with a good, solid win over Wales," he told TheFA.com

"We want that to roll over into this tournament and hopefully finish it on a high."

Watch the full interview with Butland from the squad’s base just outside Bandol in southern France in the media player above


By Nicholas Veevers in Bandol, France