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Butland Links-Up With England

Jack Butland - 11 - England Training

JACK BUTLAND is one of 12 England players who have launched their preparations for next month’s UEFA Nations League Finals.

The Stoke City goalkeeper trained yesterday at St George’s Park with 11 of his Three Lions colleagues under the watchful eye of manager Gareth Southgate and his assistant Steve Holland.

The remainder of Southgate’s squad - made up of players from Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund - will join up in stages.

City's FA Cup winning representatives - along with Jadon Sancho, whose domestic season in Germany only finished last weekend - are due to report for national duty later this week.

Meanwhile the others are due at St George’s on June 3 following their involvement in the Champions League and Europa League Finals.

England will go into the Nations League Finals confident of lifting their first major trophy since the World Cup win in 1966.

They will take on Holland in the semi-finals on June 6 and, should they make it through that test, they will next face the winners of the other semi involving Portugal or Switzerland.

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