Potters Pair Ready For Action

Jack Butland

JACK BUTLAND will be hoping to get the nod to try and prolong his impressive form this evening when England play host to the United States in an international friendly.

The Three Lions are back in action at Wembley Stadium paying tribute to Wayne Rooney, who is set to earn his 120th, and final, cap for England.

The current DC United frontman retired from international duty last year but will return to captain England and don the number 10 jersey one final time as Gareth Southgate’s men play the first of two fixtures over the next few days.

The game could provide Potters number one with an opportunity to show his recent form on the international stage, having played a pivotal role in helping his side register three successive cleansheets in the Championship.

With Everton’s Jordon Pickford a shoe-in to start in goal against Croatia in Sunday’s final UEFA Nations League clash, tonight’s game is likely to be the final opportunity this calendar year for Butland to add to his nine senior appearances at international level.

This weekend’s clash could have plenty riding on it if Croatia were to beat Spain this evening, with the victors at Wembley then going on to secure top spot in League A Group 4 and a place in the Semi-Finals of the inaugural showpiece competition.

Meanwhile, wideman James McClean is expected to play some part of Republic of Ireland’s international friendly with Northern Ireland in Dublin.

The two nations lock horns at the Aviva Stadium in what promises to be an entertaining affair, as both sides look to secure a morale-boosting victory having endured frustrating results in recent months.

Former Potters midfielder Glenn Whelan will also bid farewell to international football during the encounter, with Martin O’Neill having already confirmed that the industrious performer will be handed his 85th cap on what is bound to be an emotional occasion for the current Aston Villa man.