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Butland 'has proved a lot' - Clement

Philippe Clement has backed Jack Butland to continue impressing after the goalkeeper was snubbed for an England recall.

The 30-year-old had been tipped for a return to Gareth Southgate's squad for the first time since 2019, but Aaron Ramsdale, Jordan Pickford and Sam Johnstone were selected ahead of the Rangers keeper.

“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," Clement said.

“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.

“I spoke with Jack on Thursday afternoon but it was not really necessary because he was focused on the game, as he showed.

“Those are the things in life and he continues working hard for Rangers. Then other things can come. You create the possibility.

“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.”