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Jack Butland: Rangers goalkeeper in contention for England recall ahead of friendlies vs Brazil and Belgium

Rangers' Jack Butland has nine England caps but last played for his country in September 2018; the 30-year-old has kept 17 clean sheets in 27 Scottish Premiership matches for the Gers this season; England face Brazil and Belgium in friendlies at Wembley in March ahead of Euro 2024

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 24: Rangers' Jack Butland at full time during a cinch Premiership match between Rangers and Heart of Midlothian at Ibrox Stadium, on February 24, 2024, in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Alan Harvey / SNS Group)

Rangers goalkeeper Jack Butland is in contention to be recalled by Gareth Southgate for England's upcoming friendlies against Brazil and Belgium, Sky Sports News has been told.

Butland has nine England caps but last played for his country more than five years ago in September 2018.

The 30-year-old has been in outstanding form for Scottish Premiership leaders Rangers, keeping 17 clean sheets in 27 league matches and propelling his side above Celtic. He has faced 63 shots, conceding 13 goals from an expected goals on target total of 17.33.

With Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale having not featured in the Premier League since November and Newcastle's Nick Pope not expected to return from shoulder surgery for another month at least, Butland's name has come to the fore in Southgate's selection discussions.

Jack Butland in action during his last England appearance against Switzerland in September 2018
Image: Jack Butland in action during his last England appearance against Switzerland in September 2018

Butland turns 31 in a fortnight and has remained in contact with Southgate and other FA officials.

When England travelled north to play Scotland in a friendly at Hampden Park last September, Butland took it upon himself to go and meet with Southgate and the rest of the squad while they prepared at Rangers' training ground.

England's goalkeeping coach, Martyn Margetson, has kept close tabs on him and is sent weekly videos so he can review his form.

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Butland has made no secret of his ambition to add to his nine England caps, having been Jordan Pickford's deputy at the World Cup in Russia in 2018.

Jack Butland joined Rangers in the summer
Image: Butland joined Rangers in the summer

England play friendlies against Brazil and Belgium at Wembley in just over three weeks, with Pickford Southgate's first-choice keeper and Crystal Palace's Sam Johnstone as his understudy.

Ironically, Johnstone's form for Palace led to Butland being released from Selhurst Park in June. He went on to sign a four-year contract at Ibrox until 2027 and has gone on to become a fans' favourite.

Clement: I would love England recall for Butland

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Rangers boss Philippe Clement believes goalkeeper Jack Butland is ready for an England return after Sky Sports News revealed he is in contention to make the squad for March's friendlies.

Rangers Philippe Clement would welcome an England recall for Butland but knows Gareth Southgate needs to make that decision.

The Belgian said: "I would love that he would be there because he deserves, he is ready in that way. If he deserves enough, that is the decision of Southgate of course.

"He [Butland] has been really good for the team although he has had less to do in the last couple of weeks.

"But he keeps the same concentration, the same seriousness and he is important in the dressing room and in training, and he is going to be important in the next couple of weeks and months because we have a lot of games to go and a lot of important games where you need players with personality."

England's Euro 2024 Group C fixtures

Sunday June 16 - Group C: Serbia vs England (Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen - kick-off 8pm UK time)

Thursday June 20 - Group C: Denmark vs England (Waldstadion, Frankfurt - kick-off 5pm UK time)

Tuesday June 25 - Group C: England vs Slovenia (RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne - kick-off 8pm UK time)

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