World Cup: Jack Butland out to cause headaches for England manager Roy Hodgson
Goalkeeper Jack Butland is refusing to rest in his pursuit of a place in England's squad for the World Cup in Brazil.
Last Updated: 23/12/13 11:31am
The 20-year-old, who signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with Premier League side Stoke in January, is currently plying his trade on loan with Barnsley in the Championship.
Butland was one of the stand-out performers as the struggling Championship outfit travelled to Elland Road and left with a point after a goalless draw with Leeds United.
The Tykes keeper denied Leeds striker Matt Smith from point-blank range before tipping Ross McCormack's second-half header over the bar to keep Barnsley in the game.
Barnsley's clash with Bolton at Oakwell on Boxing Day will be the final game of Butland's loan spell with the Tykes.
But the shot-stopper insists he will be forced to seek another switch should he not be offered first-team football upon his return to the Britannia Stadium.
"There is no point me sitting on the bench doing nothing," Butland told the Daily Star.
"My target when I joined Stoke was to play for them. We will have to see what pans out over January.
"If I'm not playing, then my main focus would be to get back out on loan."
Butland's desire to be on the field has extra fuel with England beginning their World Cup campaign in Brazil in just six months' time.
Having represented the Three Lions from Under 16 right to Under 21 level, Butland was awarded his senior debut by Roy Hodgson in 2012 and he is looking to cause selection headaches for the manager in 2014.
"In the back of my mind is the World Cup," he said.
"The higher level I am playing at, the more pressure I can put the manager under."