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Stoke boss Lambert backs 'best keeper in Britain' Butland

Stoke City manager Paul Lambert believes Jack Butland is England's best goalkeeper.

The 24-year-old, who has previously been linked with Arsenal and Liverpool, made a shocking error to allow Leicester City to score an equaliser in Saturday's 1-1 draw.

But Lambert is confident Butland will recover from the mistake.

"I think he's the best in Britain, no doubt, a huge goalkeeper and he will get better and better," Lambert enthused. "It was a brilliant save to his right (after the error) and he will bounce back.

"I think anybody who knows him knows he's very strong mentally and I've got a lot of time for him as a person too.

"I said to him `ok you made a mistake, no problem, but it's what you do from now on in.' But he's a top goalkeeper, a top professional.

"He's a good kid as well, he's not a big-time guy who walks around the place as if he owns it."

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