Jack Butland is an English footballer who plays for Stoke City and the England national football team. Butland began his career with Birmingham City, and made his debut in the Football League in September 2011 while on loan to League Two club Cheltenham Town.
Butland established himself as first choice keeper at St Andrew's in 2012Ã¢â‚¬â€œ13 and was transferred to Premier League club Stoke City in January 2013 for a fee of £3.3 million. He was loaned back to Birmingham and went on to play in every league match in 2012Ã¢â‚¬â€œ13. Butland then spent time out on loan at Barnsley before making his Premier League debut in January 2014.
Butland was named in Stuart Pearce's 18-man Great Britain squad for the 2012 London Olympics. Butland started all of Britain's group games in the tournament and conceded two goals, one in a 1Ã¢â‚¬â€œ1 draw with Senegal and the other in a 3Ã¢â‚¬â€œ1 victory over the United Arab Emirates.
At international level, he represented England at all age-group levels, playing for the under-17 team that won the 2010 European championships and for the under-20s at the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup. He was first-choice goalkeeper for the Great Britain team at the 2012 Summer Olympics, and became the youngest goalkeeper to play for the senior England team when he made his debut in August 2012.