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Jack Butland using England connections to settle at Crystal Palace

Jack Butland is confident of settling quickly at Crystal Palace.

Butland has penned a three-year deal in south London, moving from Stoke City after seven-and-a-half years.

“A few of the [England] Under-21s like Wilf [Zaha] and Kells [Martin Kelly] are people I know well," he says. "Gary [Cahill] being in the England squads I've known for a long time and got on really well with.

“I've met Jeffrey Schlupp a few times just knocking about here and there on holidays, so I know a few of the boys and it'll be nice to see them again and get to meet the rest of the squad as well."

But Butland's closest affinity perhaps lies not with his new teammates, but with a former manager instead; Roy Hodgson having given him his England debut as a 19-year-old 'keeper.

“It will be great to see him again and work with him again. He gave me the most amazing point in my career: making my England debut. That's something I'm forever grateful for. I'm thankful for the opportunity again to work together - I'm looking forward to getting started."

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