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Jack Butland to replace Joe Hart for Lithuania clash, confirms Gareth Southgate

Butland to replace Hart for Lithuania clash, confirms Southgate

07/10/2017 at 14:25Updated 07/10/2017 at 18:36

Jack Butland will start against Lithuania in England’s final qualifier for the World Cup, as manager Gareth Southgate shuffles his goalkeepers.

The Stoke stopper will replace Joe Hart, who started the 1-0 win against Slovenia at Wembley on Thursday which saw England qualify for the finals in Russia next year.

England are unbeaten in their last 38 qualifiers for the European Championships and World Cup, yet their recent performances have been met with little praise from their fans.

Southgate has four viable options for his No 1 next summer, with Southampton’s Fraser Forster and Everton’s Jordan Pickford, also competing for a spot.

Southgate said: "[Jack] has been patient for his opportunity, his form has been good. It's a good opportunity for Jack.

"We've got great competition for places. Joe was excellent the other night. We've got other good goalkeepers."

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