Butland keen to take Hart's place
Jack Butland hopes to stay level-headed following his rapid rise up the ladder
Jack Butland wants to push Joe Hart for the England number one spot but is determined to stay level-headed following his rapid rise up the footballing ladder.
The Birmingham goalkeeper is in contention to make his England debut in Wednesday evening's friendly international with Italy in Berne. Butland spent part of last season on loan at League Two side Cheltenham before the 19-year-old ended up being called into the Euro 2012 squad and was Team GB's keeper during the Olympic Games.
But he is conscious of not getting carried away, and said: "Things have happened so quickly for me and I'm thankful for the family I have. They make sure I don't get ahead of myself, which is something I hate to see in players. The term 'big time', I hate to see that."
He added: "That is something I am trying to avoid myself, I don't think I will have trouble doing that. I just think it's the borderline between confidence and arrogance really.
"Any professional needs to be confident in your own ability and what you can achieve, but there's a line between that and arrogance which not a lot of people step over. But it's a very careful line because it can taint people's views of you and, once you've lost that, it can be very difficult to get it back."
Butland is aware he still has much to learn but is keen to push Hart, absent from the Italian clash with a slight back injury, as quickly as possible,
He said: "Joe is a fantastic keeper and I want to challenge him as soon as I can. Being number one for England is something I've always dreamed of doing. Joe is in there at the moment and only one can play.
"My target for the coming years is to be the biggest challenge I possibly can and stay in this squad for as long as possible because this is where I want to be for the foreseeable future."
Butland also recognises he may alternate between the senior and under-21 squads to help with his development.
He said: "We've had the conversation already because there is nothing better than playing games. Throughout the years it's going to be a balance. Will I go on trips with the senior team and then which games will I play for the under-21s? I know I have to play. As fantastic an experience as it is to come away with the senior squad there is no better way to learn than play games."
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Better to have players wanting to play for their country and pushing first team members then struggling find the new players of tomorrow and have to keep bringing out the same old faces.
Harts good but England should have 12 players competing for every place - footbals supposed to be our No 1 sport
Go on lad get stuck in and dont listen to the arm chair fat arsed football pundits on here.
he's only a young lad. good to have two decent goal keepers in the team all we need now is some decent defender , midfielders and strikers and we will be nearly there.
always "injured" after they have been selected.
well he's not picking himself is he ? so why be negative it's the Manager's call any critiscm blame him
Sorry but who wouldnt want a premier league title winner in goal?
No doubt in Butlands ability but Hart is young too, and unfortunately for Butland, Hart will be the Number 1 for many many years to come, by the time Hart retires or is coming to the end of his career, Butland will be too.
He will definitely play for a top side as he gets older, but sorry Jack mate, youve come on the scene at the wrong time.
What a load of rubbish, if he he plays tomorrow he is worth
18 million according to some manager from Birmingham
who I have never heard of,many young keepers have gone
before, Wright being one who looked as though he was
going to make it, Carson another andlots more, pick a 20
year old from any amateur team and he will perform just
as good as this fellow, in 4 years he will be remembered
as playing for Team GB and 1 England game!!!
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