England’s youngest ever international football goalkeeper who plays in the Premier League for Stoke City, Jack Butland has a reported net worth of £6.75 million.
Jack Butland was born in Bristol on March 10, 1993 and raised in Clevedon. As a schoolboy, he played for Clevedon United and Bristol’s Jamie Shore Academy before joining Birmingham City in 2007.
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In October 2008, Butland played his first international game against Northern Ireland in a Victory Shield match, which England won 6 – 0. He soon played the Under-17s in 2009 and became first-choice goalie in 2010 in the European Under-17 championships, where England won its debut title beating Spain. Butland was chosen as part of the 22-man Team of the Tournament.
After schooling in 2009, he joined Birmingham City’s youth football academy on a scholarship. Winning Birmingham City’s Young Player of the Year award in season 2009-10, Butland inked his first professional deal with the club for a period of two-and-a-half years in March 2010 and made it to the first-team by April 2011.
In 2011, Butland kept goal for England in the UEFA Under-19 Championships, the Under-20 FIFA World Cup and then for the Under-21 squad in September for the 2013 European qualifiers (later going on to play in the championships held in Israel in 2013).
Butland was then lent to League Two’s Cheltenham Town, where he usurped the position of in-form goalie Scott Brown. During this time, he made a new deal with Birmingham until June 2015.
Following Ben Foster’s exit at the end of season 2011-12, Butland took over for the season 2012-13 and finally appeared in the playing eleven for the first time for Birmingham City in the opening game against Charlton Athletic. That season, Butland won Birmingham’s Young Player of the Year award.
He was included in the senior England squad for the 2012 London Olympics, where England lost to South Korea 5 – 4 in a quarter-final penalty shootout. Selected for UEFA Euro 2012 in May, Butland replaced the injured Joe Hart in a friendly against Italy (2 – 1 win) in August at the age of 19 years 158 days, becoming England’s youngest international goalkeeper—beating Billy Moon’s 1888 record by 64 days.
In January 2013, Butland signed on with Premier League’s Stoke City for £3.5 million, but played the leftover season for Birmingham City. He began 2013-14 with The Potters as third choice goalie behind Thomas Sørensen and Asmir Begović. He was then loaned to Championship clubs Barnsley in September 2013, to Leeds United in February 2014 and Derby County in October 2014.
Butland was back at Stoke for season 2014-15 to assist Begović, but once he left for Chelsea, Butland became number one goalie for season 2015-16. Exceptional goalkeeping in 2015-16 saw his Stoke contract extended until 2021.
He helped England qualify for UEFA Euro 2016 without a single defeat in their campaign, but missed the tournament due to a fractured ankle suffered.