Ally McCoist Criticizes England’s Decision to Snub Jack Butland for International Call-Up

Ally McCoist expressed bewilderment over the exclusion of goalkeeper Jack Butland from the England squad, labeling the decision as “strange” and suggesting it was a managerial oversight.

Despite Butland’s stellar performance for Rangers this season, boasting 23 clean sheets and notable displays in European fixtures, Gareth Southgate opted to overlook him for the upcoming friendly against Brazil ahead of Euro 2024. Instead, Southgate chose Sam Johnstone, Jordan Pickford, and Aaron Ramsdale for the goalkeeper position.

McCoist, speaking on talkSPORT, voiced his confusion, stating, “I don’t know what he has got to do. His performances and his form have been fantastic.” He further criticized the decision, highlighting that Butland was passed over despite other players being sidelined due to injuries or lack of game time.

The Rangers goalkeeper, who joined the club on a free transfer under Michael Beale, was widely anticipated to receive a call-up for the national team, especially after his consistent contributions throughout the season. However, Southgate’s decision has left many puzzled, with McCoist suggesting that the manager might have made the wrong call.

“It’s Gareth’s prerogative, but that’s definitely a strange one for me,” McCoist added, emphasizing the perceived discrepancy in selection. As fans and pundits await Southgate’s explanation, questions linger regarding the criteria used in determining international call-ups and the rationale behind overlooking Butland’s impressive performances.