Former Stoke goalkeeper Gordon Banks believes Jack Butland should be handed the gloves for England at the World Cup.

Banks backs Butland for England

Banks backs Butland for England

The 24-year-old has again been in fine form for the Potters this season but is currently sidelined after breaking his finger training with the national team.

It meant he missed Friday's draw against Germany and he will again be absent on Tuesday against Brazil.

However, Butland remains a popular choice to start for England at the World Cup in Russia and Banks has given him his full backing.

The 1966 World Cup winner believes Butland has all the tools for the job and feels he should be the Three Lions' first-choice custodian instead of Joe Hart.

"Being just his normal self, doing nothing exceptional, he's good enough to be the England goalkeeper," Banks is quoted as saying by the Sentinel.

"The injury is a setback, of course, and I'm afraid broken fingers and wrists happen to goalkeepers, I had a few myself.

"But Jack has still got a chance and I'm sure the manager already has an opinion on him anyway.

"When he gets back into the Stoke City team and starts playing a few games again, I'd be very surprised if the England manager doesn't pick him."