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Butland wants regular role

Jack Butland is determined to ensure that the 2014/15 campaign sees him competing regularly in the Premier League for Stoke City.

The 21-year-old goalkeeper made his top-flight bow in January, with injuries to Asmir Begovic and Thomas Sorensen opening the first team door.

He was, however, to end the season back out on loan at Leeds United, having previously spent time in the Sky Bet Championship with Barnsley.

Butland believes those spells have benefitted him, but admits that he must now be looking to nail down a role at the very highest level.

He said in The Sentinel: "I want to be playing in the Premier League.

"I had a few games in January and I hope that 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.

"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."

Butland's lack of involvement at Stoke saw him overlooked by England manager Roy Hodgson in his World Cup plans, but the youngster claims that snub has only served to make him more determined to earn further senior international recognition.

Having made his debut against Italy in 2012, Butland added: "Deep down I'm gutted I'm not going to the World Cup because you always wants to be part of major tournaments.

"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 and be a part of the next European Championships."