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Birmingham's Butland to step into England vacancy made by Norwich's Ruddy

Birmingham City youngster Jack Butland has been called into England's Euros squad following the withdrawal of John Ruddy.

The Norwich City goalkeeper has been ruled out of the tournament because of a broken finger sustained in training on Thursday.

England boss Roy Hodgson has now drafted in 19-year old gloveman Butland who will join the squad next week ahead of the second warm-up friendly against Belgium.

"The FA can confirm that Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy broke his finger in training on Thursday and has been ruled out of UEFA Euro 2012," read a statement on the Football Association's official website.

"Ruddy was assessed by the England medical staff and will not be able to be part of the tournament. He will travel with the squad to Norway on Friday and watch the game on Saturday evening, but return to his club after arriving back in England.

"Birmingham City goalkeeper Jack Butland, who was previously on the standby list, will join up next week and be part of the squad in preparation for the Belgium game and the tournament in Poland and Ukraine."

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