Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland has confirmed he needs an operation tonight after fracturing his ankle while playing for England in Saturday's win over Germany.
“I don’t think it is (Euro 2016) going to be an option for me now to be honest because I won’t be able to play again between now and the end of the season," he told #pottersmag.
“I will have an operation on Tuesday night and then it is all about working hard and making sure I come out the other side stronger and better than before.
“It is difficult because I have been working towards the Euros this summer, but I won’t be able to be part of that experience now.
“It isn’t the challenge that I expected or wanted this summer but I am going to approach it with the right mentality and learn from it, both physically and mentally.
“I have not had to deal with an injury like this before so I will come out of it as a stronger person and a better goalkeeper and look forward to the start of next season.”
Butland at first thought he could just run the knock off, but was forced to leave the field on a stretcher.
“I knew a couple of minutes before the goal that something wasn't right but I felt it was my opportunity to make an impact for my country.
“In the heat of the moment I didn’t want to put my hand up and come off, so I tried to shake it off because it didn’t feel like anything too problematic.
“Unfortunately, during the period of time that I was trying to shake it off they scored the goal.
“When I tried pushing off to make the save I knew instantly that there was absolutely no way that I was going to be able to continue.
“It is in my nature to want to carry on and fight, but unfortunately it proved to be my downfall in the end.”