England manager Gareth Southgate has confirmed that Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland will be his first choice goalkeeper ahead of the team’s final 2018 World Cup qualifier against hosts Lithuania on Sunday.
England have joined other countries like Brazil, Mexico, Belgium in booking their place at next year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia.
The 24-year old shot stopper will win his sixth cap for the Three Lions.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference about his decision to hand Butland the no. 1 jersey ahead of the underfire Joe Hart. Southgate said:
“He has been patient, his form has been good. It’s a good opportunity for Jack.”