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Jack Butland and Petr Cech have been going to the same school of passing out from the back

The Stoke man almost had a moment to forget in the early stages against Switzerland

It’s the modern way.

We’ve all had a good laugh at Petr Cech’s attempts to reinvent himself as a ball-playing goalkeeper this season.

The Arsenal man suffered a horror-moment against Man City, almost scoring an own goal after trying to pass out from the back.

He was in an apologetic mood

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He was in an apologetic mood

Cech then almost repeated it against Cardiff…

Cech's dodgy moment against Cardiff

It turns out that England’s Jack Butland has actually been going to the same school of passing out from the back as Cech.

The resemblance is uncanny.

In just the sixth minute of the Three Lions’ friendly against Switzerland, the Stoke man was left red-faced after he almost produced a shocking blunder.

Kyle Walker was signalling for Butland to spread the ball wide

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Kyle Walker was signalling for Butland to spread the ball wide

A lapse in concentration meant the keeper’s pass got nowhere near his target and invited pressure on the defence

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A lapse in concentration meant the keeper’s pass got nowhere near his target and invited pressure on the defence

His pass landed right at the feet of Xherdan Shaqiri

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His pass landed right at the feet of Xherdan Shaqiri

Butland seemingly didn’t learn from the near-miss, with another moment just seconds later almost seeing England go 1-0 down.

Tonight’s No1 found John Stones with a slack pass, heaping pressure on the defender.

Stitch up from Butland

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Stitch up from Butland

Stones was disposed and Shaqiri played in who then saw his effort hit the outside of the post. He really should have punished the sloppy play.

The face of a guilty man

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The face of a guilty man

The Stoke man missed out on the No1 spot at the World Cup in favour of Jordan Pickford for this very reason.

The Everton man’s ability with the ball at his feet far surpasses Butland’s, with tonight’s performance surely doing very little to convince Gareth Southgate’s otherwise.

Back to the training ground for Butland.


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