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British footballer Jack Butland currently plays as a goalkeeper for the Premier League club Stoke City beside his regular participation for the England national team. He started his professional football journey with Birmingham City and transferred to League Two club Cheltenham Town on loan in 2011. Shortly after, he made his return to St Andrew’s stadium and earned his place as the first-choice goalie. Butland then transferred to Premier League side Stoke City in 2013. During his early time at Stoke, he played for several clubs such as Barnsley, Leeds United and Derby County on loan. He then earned his place as the first-choice goalkeeper of Stoke City since the 2015-16 season.
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Besides his club career, Butland also represented England at almost all age-levels. He held the 2010 European championship trophy with the U-17 squad and then also achieved the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup with U-20 side. He then became a part of the English squad that participated in the UEFA Euro 2012. Shortly after, he achieved his place as the first-choice goalie of Great Britain team at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Finally, with his debut in 2012, Butland became the youngest goalkeeper ever to play for the England national team.
Butland started his football training with Clevedon United at a very early age. He then joined the Bristol-based Jamie Shore Academy before joining the youth academy system of Birmingham City in 2007 as a schoolboy. He left his school in 2009 and started hardcore football training with a two-year scholarship in Birmingham. Butland made his progress through various age-levels and finally made his debut for the reserve team at the age of just 16.
He then signed his first professional contract with Birmingham City in 12th March 2010. He played in an excellent manner in season 2009-10 and has earned the Birmingham City’s Young Player of the Year award. Butland suffered a severe broken-hand injury in October 2010 for which he spent outside the ground till April 2011 for recovery. He finally got his Birmingham City first-team squad number the same month.
Butland joined the League Two club Cheltenham Town for a month-long loan on 8th September 2011. He made his debut for the club against Macclesfield Town on 10th September 2011. Shortly after, he signed a new contract extension with Birmingham on 23rd September 2011 while still on loan at Cheltenham. His loan tenure then increased for another two months and he achieved seven clean sheets from his twelve appearances for Cheltenham Town. Butland rejoined the club on another loan spell in February 2012. He conceded a total of 26 goals from 24 League Two appearances for Cheltenham Town over his two-loan spells at the club. Birmingham City recalled him at the end of season 2011-12 after the injury of their first-choice goalkeeper Boaz Myhill.
Upon his return to Birmingham City from Cheltenham Town, Butland spent last few matches of season 2011-12 on the bench. Shortly after, he received a £6 million transfer bid from Southampton. Birmingham rejected the offer and allotted Butland the number-1 jersey for season 2012–13. He then made his competitive debut for the club against Charlton Athletic on 18th August 2012. He received another transfer bid from one of the Premier League champions Chelsea for his amazing performance. Birmingham again turned this offer down too. Butland played almost every match of the season 2012–13 and achieved Birmingham’s Young Player of the Year 2012.
Butland signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with Stoke City on 31st January 2013 for an initial transfer fee of £3.3 million. The transfer fee had the provision to raise up to £3.5 million after several add-ons. Shortly after the signing, he made his return to Birmingham City for the rest of the season as a part of the deal. After his return to Stoke City for the 2013–14 season, Butland became the third-choice goalie of the club behind Asmir Begović and Thomas Sørensen. He then joined Championship club Barnsley on 26th September 2013 on an emergency loan for three months. He made his debut for Barnsley against Leicester City on 28th September 2013. Shortly after, Stoke City recalled him following the injury of Asmir Begović on 26th December 2013.
Butland made his Premier League debut for Stoke against Everton on 1st January 2014 as a substitute for injured Thomas Sørensen. He then made his first start for the club against Liverpool on 12th January 2014. Butland joined the Championship club Leeds United on 20th February 2014 on loan till the end of the season. He made his debut for Leeds against Middlesbrough on 22nd February 2014. As a surprising fact, he received the man of the match award in his debut match for Leeds United. Butland then transferred to Derby County on a month-long loan on 20th October 2014. He played six games for the Rams and proved himself as one of the best young goalies in the league.
Butland signed another contract-extension with Stoke City in March 2015 which could keep him at the club till 2019. He achieved the number-1 shirt of Stoke following the departure of the first-choice goalkeeper Asmir Begović at the start of season 2015-16. Butland then signed another contract extension in March 2016 which could make him stay at the club till 2021. Tragically, he suffered a horrific fractured ankle injury during the England vs. Germany match on 26th March 2016. He was sidelined by the club until the end of the season. Butland played a total of 35 matches for Stoke City in the 2015-16 season and received the player of the year award.
Butland made his international debut for the England under-16 squad in a Victory Shield match against Northern Ireland on 3rd October 2008. He then earned his promotion to the U-17 side and became the first-choice goalkeeper in the 2010 European under-17 championships. Butland became a part of the U-20 team the following year. He kept clean sheets in all three group matches of the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup. He then made his debut for the U-21 team in the 2013 European qualifier against Azerbaijan on 1st September 2011.
Butland earned his first call-up for the England senior national team on 25th May 2012 and became a part of England’s UEFA Euro 2012 squad. He then made his debut under one of the best football managers Roy Hodgson in a friendly against Italy on 15th August 2012 in Bern. And while making his senior debut, Butland became the youngest ever England international goalkeeper at the age of just 19 years 158 days. Shortly after, he made his competitive debut in a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match against Lithuania on 12th October 2015.
For his amazing performance in Birmingham City, Butland earned his place in the Stuart Pearce’s 18-man Great Britain squad for the 2012 London Olympics. He made his debut for the Great Britain team in a pre-game friendly against Brazil as a substitute on 20th July 2012. Butland played all group matches in the tournament while conceding just two goals. He conceded one against Senegal and the other against the United Arab Emirates.
Born in Bristol, South-West England, Butland raised by his parents Matt Butland and Jill Butland. He grew up in the nearby Clevedon neighbourhood during his childhood. He attended the Yeo Moor Primary School and completed his education at Clevedon Community School. Butland dated his childhood-sweetheart Steph Parsons for nine years since his school days in Somerset. The couple lived together for two years before they got separated in 2016. It is now reported that Butland is currently dating Annabel Peyton, a cabin crew for Emirates Airline. As an interesting fact, Butland’s Audi RS5 got stolen from his house in Walsall in January 2014. As a charity work, he donated £5,000 to the Great Britain women’s deaf football team in December 2015.
The current net worth of Butland is estimated to be around £20 million as of 2018. His current market value stands at £16.2 Million. He is currently getting around £50,000 per week as his wage from his current club Stoke City. Butland currently earns almost £3 million as his yearly salary from club and England national team. Besides his footballing income, Butland also made his fortune from the sponsorship deal with Nike. And he currently wears their Nike Hypervenom Phantom III DF FG boot since July 2017.
His unprecedented goalkeeping skills have earned him the title of most talented young English goalie of modern times. Butland proved himself through his impeccable skills and clean sheets. Besides his club success, he also achieved several awards till now. Some of the most notable awards that he received till now are as follows: