Shawcross urges Stoke to retain ‘top keeper’ Butland

Date published: Tuesday 13th October 2015 8:58

Jack Butland: Given the nod in goal

Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross has urged the Potters to do all they can to keep Jack Butland at the Britannia Stadium for the long term.

The 22-year-old became the first Potter since Mark Chamberlain 30 years ago to feature in the starting XI for the national side as England swept Lithuania aside 3-0 on Monday night as Roy Hodgson’s side completed a 100% qualifying record.

Butland has been in imperious form for Stoke this season and his captain believes his call-up to England first-team duty is richly deserved.

“It’s good for Jack and it’s good for the club to have him involved with England, but he’s had an excellent start to the season,” Shawcross told The Sentinel.

“We seem to have a problem that if our keepers play so well they move on so we will have to be careful he doesn’t have too many saves to make.

“Jack’s signed a long contract and he’s a top keeper. Hopefully we can keep him for as long as we can.”

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