Belfast Telegraph

England keeper Jack Butland fractures ankle in Euro 2016 injury blow

By Simon Peach

England goalkeeper Jack Butland fractured his ankle in Saturday's victory over Germany. The Football Association announced the extent of the injury last night, confirming in the process that the 23-year-old has left the England squad.

It means Butland is likely to be ruled out of England's plans for Euro 2016, with the tournament just 10 weeks away.

The FA said in a statement: "Goalkeeper Jack Butland will miss Tuesday night's fixture against the Netherlands at Wembley Stadium after fracturing his ankle.

"The Stoke City man sustained the injury in the first half of Saturday's 3-2 victory over Germany in Berlin and has now returned home." The FA said England manager Roy Hodgson would not be adding to his squad at present.

England had a light training session at their Grove hotel base in Watford as they began preparations for the Holland game, following the impressive 3-2 win in Berlin. Butland sustained the injury just before Toni Kroos opened the scoring in Berlin in the 43rd minute.

England conceded a second to Mario Gomez in the second half but shocked the world champions as Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy struck to level before Eric Dier headed home a last-minute winner.

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