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Butland backed to be England's World Cup No1 by his Stoke boss Lambert

Gareth Southgate has a big call to make with first-choice Joe Hart currently not getting a game on loan at West Ham

Paul Lambert claims Jack Butland could handle the pressure of being England No 1 at the World Cup .

Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate has a big decision to make over his goalkeeper for the finals in Russia this summer because of long-time No1 Joe Hart is on the bench at West Ham, and Lambert says Stoke colleague Butland would not let anyone down.

The 24-year-old is set to be named next week in the squad for this month's friendlies against Holland and Italy, and Lambert says he has been impressed with him since becoming Potters boss in January.

Butland could start for England in Russia weeks after getting relegated with Stoke (Image: Action Images via Reuters)

“I wouldn’t have any fear of him playing,” said the Scot, whose second-bottom side face champions-elect Manchester City on Monday.

“I can only speak from my side and from what I’ve seen and I know England have some good goalkeepers, but Jack has been brilliant since I’ve been here.

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“He’s made one mistake really, against Leicester, but his performances have been exceptional. So I wouldn’t have any fear if someone said to me that Jack Butland would start at the World Cup.

“Gareth would be the best person to judge. But if you’re asking me would he be able to handle everything thrown at him? Then, yeah, I think so.”

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