Stoke City's Jack Butland relishing relationship with Gordon Banks

Stoke City's Jack Butland relishing relationship with Gordon Banks

03-Dec-2017 14:34:00 | Yahoo Sports

Jack Butland hopes he is back on track for the World Cup -- with a little bit of help from Gordon Banks. The Stoke goalkeeper made a surprise return from a broken finger suffered on England duty last month for Saturday's 2-1 victory over Swansea. The injury prevented Butland from playing in England's friendly against Brazil and furthering his claim to what is the most hotly-contested shirt for next summer's tournament in Russia. Joe Hart played instead -- while Jordan Pickford and Tom Heaton are also strong contenders -- but England's World Cup-winning keeper Banks voiced his opinion this week that Butland should be first choice. The pair have become close since Butland took over as Stoke's No.

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