WITH several players pulling out, Barnsley midfielder Jacob Butterfield could be in line for an international debut for the England Under-21 side tonight.
The Reds’ skipper has trained with the squad for the last few days ahead of their UEFA U21 Championship qualification double-header starting against Iceland at Colchester United’s Weston Homes Community Stadium tonight.
The squad then travel to play Belgium four days later at the RAEC Mons ground.
England Under-21 boss Stuart Pearce has seen six players drop out of the squad due to injury, thus giving 21-year-old Butterfield extra hope of winning himself a starting berth for the national side.
“I’m delighted to have got the recognition because it’s a massive honour to be given the chance to represent my country,” said Butterfield.
“As a footballer you always want to play for your country. Ever since I was a young lad I’ve always been confident of my ability and wanted to play at the highest level. It doesn’t get much higher than playing for England.
“I’m just looking at playing, hopefully, and seeing how good I am. There’s a lot of brilliant young players. Hopefully I can raise a few eyebrows to show how good I am. It was a proud day for me and my family when I got the call-up.”