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Jack Butland Exclusive

JACK BUTLAND admits that he is resigned to missing this summer's European Championship Finals in France after suffering a cruel injury during England's 3-2 triumph over Germany at the weekend.

The Three Lions' triumph over the reigning World Champions was significantly overshadowed by an ankle fracture to the Potters number one during the first half of the fixture in Berlin.

Speaking exclusively to this weekend's edition of #pottersmag, the 23-year-old struggled to hide his anguish at missing the tournament and the remainder of the Barclays Premier League campaign but promised to return back to action even better than before.

"I don't think it is (the European Championships) going to be an option for me now to be honest because I won't be able to play again between now and the end of the season," he stated.

"I will have an operation on Tuesday night and then it is all about working hard and making sure I come out the other side stronger and better than before.

"It is difficult because I have been working towards the Euros this summer, but I won't be able to be part of that experience now.

"It isn't the challenge that I expected or wanted this summer but I am going to approach it with the right mentality and learn from it, both physically and mentally.

"I have not had to deal with an injury like this before so I will come out of it as a stronger person and a better goalkeeper and look forward to the start of next season."

The stopper, who has enjoyed a fine maiden campaign as the Club's number one, believed he would be able to shake off what he thought was an innocuous injury before he was forced to depart the field on a stretcher.

"I knew a couple of minutes before the goal that something wasn't right but I felt it was my opportunity to make an impact for my country," he added.

"In the heat of the moment I didn't want to put my hand up and come off, so I tried to shake it off because it didn't feel like anything too problematic.

"Unfortunately, during the period of time that I was trying to shake it off they scored the goal.

"When I tried pushing off to make the save I knew instantly that there was absolutely no way that I was going to be able to continue.

"It is in my nature to want to carry on and fight, but unfortunately it proved to be my downfall in the end."

Make sure you pick up a copy of #pottersmag this coming Saturday to read the full, exclusive interview with the 23-year-old.

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