Norwich City's Nathan Redmond praises Stoke's Jack Butland, backs him for England return

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Stoke City’s Jack Butland was in inspired form during his side’s 1-1 draw with Norwich City.

Norwich City winger Nathan Redmond believes his side would have beaten Stoke City if it wasn’t for Jack Butland’s heroics, telling the BBC that the goalkeeper should make a return to the England squad.

The Canaries and the Potters shared the spoils at Carrow Road in a 1-1 draw, but the hosts can feel a slight sense of injustice at having failed to win the game, considering their domination.

Mame Biram Diouf headed the visitors ahead after just 11 minutes but Alex Neil's men came roaring back, with Russell Martin levelling the scores just before the half-hour mark.

From then on, it was a succession of Norwich attacks which culminated in Butland saving the visitors, prompting Redmond to sing his praises following the full-time whistle.

“We fought back and had enough chances to win the game. If it wasn't for Jack Butland we would have won but that is the quality he has. He should be back in the England squad,” Redmond explained.

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Butland faced a total of 21 attempts from Norwich, with seven of those on target, including Martin’s equaliser which went through his legs.

The former Birmingham City shot-stopper did brilliantly to thwart Graham Dorrans, Cameron Jerome and Redmond during the second period as he helped the Potters to claim a point.

Following the sale of Asmir Begovic, Butland has been forced to step up but judging by his performance in East Anglia, he is more than ready to fill the boots of the Bosnia international.

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