Philippe Clement Makes Jack Butland Rangers Call after England Snub

Jack Butland was omitted from Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad, casting doubt on his international future. This decision came just before Rangers suffered a disappointing exit from the Europa League with a 1-0 loss to Benfica at home.

Speculation had been rife that the 31-year-old goalkeeper was on the brink of an England recall, buoyed by his stellar performances at Ibrox. This speculation gained momentum with Newcastle’s Nick Pope sidelined due to injury and Aaron Ramsdale struggling for game time at Arsenal. However, Southgate opted for Ramsdale and Crystal Palace’s Sam Johnstone to accompany Jordan Pickford for the upcoming friendlies against Brazil and Belgium.

Having made his England debut at the tender age of 19, Butland amassed nine caps for his country, with the last one dating back to 2018. His career trajectory took a hit with a move to Crystal Palace, but he has reignited his form since joining Rangers in the summer.

Commenting on Butland’s omission, Rangers manager Clement expressed his support for his goalkeeper, stating, “I said from the beginning I will never interfere with whatever another manager needs to do out of selection because we don’t know all the details. Jack was ready to be there. So I think it proves that in England they have a lot of really good goalkeepers if he’s not there. That’s the only important thing.”

He further added, “The most positive thing is that, in the last couple of weeks a lot of things have been written about that, about Jack going to the England squad. I didn’t hear one person say, ‘oof, that’s a strange thing’. So in that he proved a lot already. He will continue doing that in the coming months.”