Barnsley: Reds stay can put Jack on road to Rio

Jack Butland is happy to be playing for Barnsley
Jack Butland is happy to be playing for Barnsley
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Jack Butland believes that playing for Barnsley is a great way of furthering his international career.

The England Under-21 captain has made an impressive start with the Reds after joining them on loan until January.

And the ambitious 20-year-old would rather be playing than sitting on the sidelines at his parent club Stoke City and wasting his undoubted talent.

“If you are someone who is happy to sit on the bench, then your motivation is all wrong,” stressed Butland.

“The only way you’re going to get into the side is if you are playing well in a side.

“For me if I was to sit around on the bench at Stoke, if there was an injury and the manager has to look at his bench and who he’s going to pick on, me or Tomas Sorensen for example who aren’t playing games, then he’s probably going to go with experience.

“How can you trust someone, expect them to come in and play well if they haven’t had any games for a long time?

“I needed to get games, not just to improve, but to keep my international stuff going, to make sure I am in the best form and condition to help keep clean sheets for the [England] Under-21s and help win games.

“No-one can see me play if I am not playing. I can’t make any impression on anyone if I am sat on the bench. That was the most important thing, to keep in the public eye.”

Rio next year for the World Cup is where Butland would like to be. He wants to work hard and earn himself the right to be part of Roy Hodgson’s senior team.

“It’s the best feeling in the world - my England debut, the experiences I have had with England and Team GB, are experiences I can look back on and moments I will never forget,” added Butland.

“I feel very privileged to have had those opportunities, very lucky to have had the chances.

“It’s more motivation now to improve my game and get more appearances for England.

“Rio is the target. The main reason for me to come here was to play games, get back in the spotlight.

“I understand it’s going to be difficult to get to Rio unless I am playing, and playing well. That’s certainly one of the reasons why I came here.”

He has made three appearances for the Reds.