Butland thanks fans for support following injury

Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland says he's been overwhelmed by support after picking up a season ending injury in England's win over Germany on Saturday.

The 23-year-old underwent surgery on his fractured ankle last night.

“It has been incredible because I have had masses of support, not only from Stoke lads and supporters, but also from fans and players from other clubs too,” he told #pottersmag.

“I have had all of my teammates, goalkeepers Petr Cech and Adrian contacting me to offer support, as have Asmir Begovic and Thomas Sorensen too - two of my old teammates. 

“I have even had DJs, Matt Dawson from the Rugby and lots of former teammates of mine and guys I haven’t played with too reaching out to me. 

“I have been overwhelmed by it all really. It means a lot to me hearing and reading so many positive comments from people of all different cultures and backgrounds.

“It will certainly help me come through this challenge.” 

Butland says he will offer a word of advice to Jakob Haugaard, as the Danish stopper could make his Premier League debut this weekend. 

“I will definitely speak to him and will tell him exactly the same thing that I have been telling myself all season - just be calm and play with a smile on his face. 

“As a goalkeeper, sometimes you can get a little carried away at times and maybe try to do too much to help the team, but ultimately as a ‘keeper the game comes to you, you can’t go after the game. 

“He is a very down to earth lad, mature and has a young family himself. He is grown up and knows the game well now having moved over here last summer. 

“I am sure he would have loved to have played more games, but now, for him, this could be a real opportunity to show people what he is all about.” 




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