Butland set to get his chance with England
GARETH SOUTHGATE has promised changes as England wrap up their World Cup qualifying campaign in Lithuania today — with Jack Butland among those with a chance to impress.
With a place in Russia already assured, the Stoke goalkeeper will start in place of Joe Hart, who has played every minute of the previous nine qualifiers.
More experimentation is likely, in terms of tactics and personnel, as Southgate looks to coax an exciting performance to sweep away memories of Thursday’s torturous 1-0 win over Slovenia.
It is hard to recall a less dynamic Wembley display than that and the man in charge of improving matters is eager to find the right formula before next summer.
“For sure, we’ll make changes, but want to get the balance right,” the England boss said.
The likes of Harry Maguire, Michael Keane, Harry Winks, Kieran Trippier and Jesse Lingard are among those desperate for a chance to impress, but Southgate would only guarantee Butland a starting spot.