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Butland unconcerned by Stoke impact on England chances

Jack Butland believes playing in the Championship will not ruin his chances of remaining part of the England squad.

The 25-year-old started in Tuesday's friendly win over Switzerland.

He said: "You can argue that the standard is different (in the Championship), but it's still a very demanding league and I still have to be at the top of my game.

"I still have to be fit, strong, train well and play well. If I can do that, I'd like to think I can stay in the squad. The manager's reassured me of that. We've had a lot of conversations.

"If I'm in the Championship beyond this season, then obviously things start to get a bit trickier, but certainly for this year he's reassured me that if I can keep my standards high, I can be a part of the team."

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