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Butland targets Stoke chance

Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland wants to be playing in the Premier League next season after being left 'gutted' at missing out on England's World Cup squad.

Butland was England's third-choice keeper at Euro 2012, but the 21-year-old has not been selected by Roy Hodgson for this summer's World Cup in Brazil.

Instead, Butland is playing for the England Under 20 side at the Toulon Tournament after making just three Premier League appearances for Stoke last season.

He undertook loan spells at Championship duo Barnsley and Leeds United, and understands why he was overlooked by Hodgson for the World Cup.

However, Butland is determined to be involved at the 2016 European Championship and he is aiming to grasp a chance to impress Stoke boss Mark Hughes in pre-season.

"I'm gutted I'm not going to the World Cup because you always want to be a part of major tournaments," said Butland.

"But I can't sit here and be frustrated and hold a grudge at the fact that if I was playing in the Premier League and playing well, then I could say, 'Yeah, I can make a statement'.

"That hasn't been the case this season. It's a target for next season and the coming tournaments. Not being a part of the World Cup this summer has only given me more motivation and drive to push on.

"I have got the benefit of having a rest and starting pre-season. When Asmir Begovic is still away resting up from the World Cup, I have got to look to hit the ground running with Stoke and have a good pre-season.

"I want to be playing in the Premier League. I had a few games in January and I hope Mark Hughes is very pleased with what he has seen. If I was to get the chance to build on that, it would be great."