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Ryan Shawcross hopes Jack Butland enjoys long Stoke career

Published 12/10/2015 | 15:26

Jack Butland, right, will make his first England start on Monday night
Jack Butland, right, will make his first England start on Monday night

Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross hopes the club will be able to hang on to Jack Butland for a long period as the goalkeeper gets ready to make his first England start.

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The 22-year-old will become the first Potter since Mark Chamberlain 30 years ago to feature in the starting XI for the national side as he continues his progress after a decent spell in the under-21s.

"It's good for Jack and it's good for the club to have him involved with England, but he's had an excellent start to the season," Shawcross told The Sentinel.

"We seem to have a problem that if our keepers play so well they move on so we will have to be careful he doesn't have too many saves to make.

"Jack's signed a long contract and he's a top keeper. Hopefully we can keep him for as long as we can."

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