Butland: Neuer leads the way

Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland says that he takes inspiration from Bayern's Manuel Neuer, and his sweeper-keeper style of play.

The Germany international has established himself as one of the finest in his position, and is expected to feature for his country when the World Cup holders face England in a friendly in Berlin on Saturday.

Butland, who has been in good form for the Potters this season, could be set to feature for the Three Lions in place of the injured Joe Hart, putting him up against the 29-year-old Bayern star.

"People have put him up there in the last five or six years just because of the way he plays," Butland said. "He is very imposing and he does things that make you stand back and impresses you, but it's not for everyone.

"But he has certainly led the way for keeping goal and he is certainly someone I look to take things on, but I do that with many others too."

"Everyone takes note of his positioning and how high up the pitch he is. You can take things from that. As a goalkeeper it's so important to be in the right position to come and clear those through balls, to make those right decisions."