England World Cup winner Gordon Banks has advised Jack Butland to leave Stoke City and join a Premier League team in order to further his international career.
Following an impressive World Cup, Jordan Pickford will retain his spot as England number one goalkeeper and Butland will be hoping to be handed a chance as England face Spain at Wembley on Saturday.
Stoke City got relegated last season but Butland decided to stay and help the club win promotion back to the Premier League.
Gordon Banks, however, believes that lack of top-flight football would be detrimental to his international ambitions.
“I’d love Jack to stay at Stoke for the long term, we all would, because he’s a really super goalkeeper, but he might need to leave for the sake of his England career, which is a shame for Stoke fans though it’s understandable,” said Banks, who is an ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society Memory Walk campaign in Stoke.
“I definitely think he’s good enough for England, but the facts are, at the moment, you really need to play top-division football to be in with a shout of the England team. It’s the way the world works.
“For now, though, Jack has just got to put that to one side, to the back of his mind, and focus on doing the best he can, giving it everything, for club and country, and everything will fall into place.”