Butland keen to make his mark

Jack Butland has said that he is enjoying being in the England squad again after enduring a difficult season.

The Stoke City goalkeeper missed most of the 2016/17 campaign with a fractured ankle but impressed when he returned to action in the closing weeks of the season.

He hopes to be given the chance to shine when Gareth Southgate's team play Scotland in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday or next week in the friendly international against France.

Butland, who has won four caps to date, sustained his ankle injury when he last represented his country in the friendly win against Germany in Berlin in March 2016.

He said: "Being out for so long makes you stronger.

"You reach your lowest point. There are times when you don't know if you are going to play again, when the next operation or injection might be.

"I feel like I've pretty much experienced everything I can in football.

"It's been a long time and to get the Three Lions back on my chest after some difficult times is really good, so I'm just thoroughly enjoying being back and looking forward to the week ahead."

England are 9/2 to beat Scotland 1-0 on Saturday and 10/11 to keep a clean sheet in the encounter. Meanwhile, Southgate's team are available at 18/1 to win the 2018 World Cup in Russia.