Danny Murphy Backs Rangers Star To Be Named Ahead Of Arsenal Player In England Squad

Danny Murphy Backs Rangers Star To Be Named Ahead Of Arsenal Player In England Squad

TalkSPORT pundit Danny Murphy believes Rangers no.1 Jack Butland will be selected for England’s games against Brazil and Belgium later this month.

Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsdale would also be a candidate for the squad but he is not playing regularly for his club and Murphy says that, if Butland impresses Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate in the Europa League, he could get his first call-up since 2018:

“Butland is certainly in the conversation. These games coming up in Europe for Rangers is a great chance for Gareth to watch him in high-profile games against good opposition where he’ll be tested.”

“I’m a big fan of Ramsdale but I’d go for the three who are playing – Pickford, Johnstone and Butland. Without [Newcastle keeper] Nick Pope, it’s two from three really – Ramsdale, Butland and Sam Johnstone. I’d say Sam Johnstone is probably the number two.”

Butland has done more than enough to earn his England recall

Despite favouring the Gers keeper over Ramsdale, Murphy did downplay the importance of the 30-year-old’s performances in the Scottish Premiership, claiming that he is “not tested enough”.

Even so, Butland’s stats show he is deserving of consideration. 22 clean sheets and just 33 goals conceded in 44 appearances is nothing to be sniffed at.

The Rangers star has spoken about his chances of being called up

Butland has said he would be delighted if he does get the call from England. While his main motivation for coming to Scotland was to get regular football, he would very much welcome the chance to get more caps for his country:

“It would be amazing. I have always said I would love to get back there and be part of that again. I have never shied away from that. I have always said that my performances, and playing regularly, had to come first. But if that’s enough to get me picked again then I’ll gladly put the kit back on and get back in the squad.”

The next England squad is expected to be announced on Thursday next week.