Birmingham City manager Chris Hughton is sure that Jack Butland will have a great career in football and is glad that other people outside of the football club have also recognised his qualities.
The Birmingham City shot stopper has been called up to Roy Hodgson’s England senior squad following an injury to Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy and the 19-year old will travel to this summer’s European Championships.
Speaking to bcfc.com, Hughton said: “In one sense it’s a bit of a surprise because he is still a young goalkeeper and there are a lot of more experienced keepers than him.
“But knowing Jack’s qualities and how good a keeper he is, it’s not. He is a keeper that for me is going to have a great career in the game.
“It was quite obvious from the moment I saw him that he is a lad that has great quality and great maturity. Of course you’re always a little bit guarded on how good somebody can become, but he is a tremendous prospect – there is no doubt about that.”
The Birmingham City manager is sure that Butland’s performances for the England U-18’s and U-21’s have brought the youngster to Roy Hodgson’s attention.
“Where he has done himself a favour is with his involvement with England under-18s last summer which catapulted him into the under-21s,” added the Blues boss.
“He wouldn’t even be thought about for the senior squad unless he’d done that well with the under-21s. It’s always nice when people outside of here are able to see the ability that he’s got.”
Butland recently voiced his determination to make the Birmingham City number one shirt his own next season and Hughton sees no reason why this cannot be the case.
“We see a role here for him and we certainly see someone who is capable of challenging for the number one spot,” he concluded.