Butland expects imminent loan move away from Stoke

The 20-year-old moved to the Britannia Stadium in January but has found himself third in the goalkeeping pecking order following the excellent form of current No.1 Asmir Begovic
Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland expects to secure a loan move away this month to keep his World Cup 2014 dreams alive.

The 20-year-old has been capped 13 times for England Under-21s and once for the senior side, but is yet to make a competitive appearance for Stoke as he finds himself third choice behind Asmir Begovic and Thomas Sorensen.

After spending time on loan at Birmingham following his January move to the Potters, the Bristol-born youngster is determined to stake a claim for a place in the England squad should Hodgson's men qualify for next year's World Cup in Brazil.

"It [a loan move] will be sorted out in the next few weeks so there is no worry there," Butland told The Sunday Mirror.

"Without a doubt, to go to Rio is my target.

"I know the only chance of me getting there is to be playing week in, week out and putting in extremely good performances.

"I want to make sure I do that to give myself the best opportunity of going."

On his Stoke career, he added: "It is difficult being a keeper because only one of you can play and I have no shame in not playing because of Asmir.

"He is an incredible keeper, but I have improved since I joined Stoke and that is important to me."