CHRIS SUTTON believes Jack Butland has no chance of Gareth Southgate being recalled internationally for Euro 2024.
Rangerssigning, 30, did not play for since 2018 but is considering a return to the team this year after a stunning start to his career at Ibrox.
The stopper is the best goalkeeper in EUROPE when it comes to keeping clean sheets in the continent’s top leagues and will be looking to add to his tally against Neil Warnock’s Aberdeen.
Butland has played nine times for the Three Lions and has re-emerged as a potential option for Southgate with Aaron Ramsdale and Sam Johnstone recently dropped.
The pair were reliable deputiesPickford of late, but Southgate may look elsewhere with two friendlies against and is coming month.
But Celtic hero Sutton once hit himhe can’t see the call of the national boss.
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And that’s despite Butland revealing he held talks with the manager and the England squad earlier this season.
They wondered about the stopper’s chances of being on the plane forwhile carrying out pundit duties for Sky Sports, Sutton bluntly replied: “No.”
He then added: “His form this season has been great. I think his temperament is very important.
“When you play for Rangers andthen you have to handle those kinds of atmospheres and when you don’t see a lot of snaps, but when he’s called upon, he does really well.
“But I don’t think he will go to.”
Sutton then put the question to Rangers legend and SunSport columnist Kris Boyd, who replied: “I don’t know.”
The Hoops icon then laughed and looked at the clock as Boyd explained why Butland had a chance.
He continued: “I really don’t know. Pickford is obviously number one, there’s no doubt about that.
“Ramsdale, he’s on the bench atand he really doesn’t play much.
“Sam Johnstone was last in the England national team and he is not playing.
“now playing is injured, (James) Trafford is in the England under-21 team.
“Would you rule it out (Butland’s recall)? No, I wouldn’t. I wouldn’t rule it out.”
Butland explained to talkSPORT about his meeting with Southgate and the England squad earlier this year: “England trained here aton the field before the match against last year.
“I saw him there and went to the hotel to see them and catch up with some of the players and some of the staff there so I know thatit is there and always has been.
“At the end of the day, it’s about playing regularly and performing. It’s something I believe I’m doing and I know if it makes sense to be able to get back there, I’d definitely like to do it.
“I’ve always loved being a part of it – representing my country – and that will continue. If I do enough, I’m sure they’ll pay attention and hopefully it will be enough.
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“So if there’s an opportunity, I’d be happy to do it.”
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