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Butland must replace Hart for England, says Banks

19:09 GMT+3 07/07/2016
The Stoke City icon insists that the 23-year-old must become Three Lions No.1 after the Manchester City stopper made a number of mistakes at Euro 2016 in France

Jack Butland must replace Joe Hart as England goalkeeper, according to 1966 World Cup winner Gordon Banks.

Stoke City goalkeeper Butland broke his ankle in his country's 3-2 friendly win away to Germany in March, prematurely ending his season and ruling him out of Euro 2016.

Banks, who won 73 international caps between 1963 and 1972, believes then-manager Roy Hodgson would have dropped Hart for Butland after the Manchester City shot stopper's mistake against Wales had the 23-year-old been fit.

Hart went on to make another error as England crashed out at the last-16 stage to Iceland and Stoke icon Banks believes Butland must now be given the opportunity to become England's No.1.

"Hart made a couple of bad mistakes but we all make mistakes," he told the Daily Express. "Everybody does that and you can't just hammer him because of it.

"He is reasonably good, but remember Jack Butland at Stoke City got injured in that international friendly. I'm pretty certain that after that first mistake Hart made that Hodgson would have popped Butland in.

"Whoever gets that job of managing the England side, I would be really disappointed if he doesn't straight away play Butland.

"As you know he got injured. But this lad, when you see him play, looks a brilliant goalkeeper. He's only 23 so this is the time to get him in there and give him the experience."

Prior to his injury, Butland had won four England caps since making his debut in August 2012 and Banks has been impressed with his development.

Banks added: "I have been told how much he practises, how hard he works in training and that's good.

"His positional play when he comes for crosses, his agility to get in the corners. Honestly, I'm pretty certain that he will become the next England goalkeeper. He's the man."

Hodgson resigned after England's Euros exit, meaning the goalkeeping decision will fall to his replacement, who is yet to be appointed.