The former Birmingham City star will win only his second England cap having first played for the senior side more than three years ago in a friendly against Italy following an injury to Joe Hart.
The 22-year-old has recently made the Stoke number one spot his own after the departure of Asmir Begovic to Premier League champions Chelsea and is a player Hodgson rates highly.
But with Halloween looming large, Butland will be scared of following in the footsteps of some of the ghosts of England's recent goalkeeping past.
The most recent ghost of England goalkeepers past, and one of the most memorable for all the wrong reasons. A brilliant goalkeeper for his clubs Norwich City, West Ham United and Queens Park Rangers, dependable Green was a regular back-up 'keeper in England squads. But when he got the big chance to shine in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa it all went wrong. He was chosen to start against the USA in the opening group game and after Fabio Capello's side took a 1–0 lead, Green handed the Americans a draw when he failed to save a weak long-range shot from USA midfielder Clint Dempsey. The ball bounce off Green's gloves and over the goal line and he was dropped and replaced by David James for the next game. He did not appear again in the World Cup and was omitted from the first England squad named after the tournament for a friendly against Hungary.
When it comes to England goalkeeper debuts, though, they don't come much worse than Scott Carson. When the former Leeds United and Liverpool shot stopper made his competitive debut for England in a vital match against Croatia during the Euro 2008 qualifiers it ended in disaster for him and his country. Carson's woeful blunder saw a tame effort from Nico Kranjcar bounce off his gloves and into the back of the net. England manager Steve McClaren, who had swapped Paul Robinson for Scott Carson at the last minute, was sacked the day after the 3-2 defeat as England failed to qualify for the tournament.
Another stark reminder of the pitfalls awaiting England goalkeepers comes from the man Carson had replaced in that team. A rogue divot was apparently to blame for ex-Tottenham Hotspur and Leeds star Robinson completely missing a harmless back pass from Gary Neville in the reverse fixture against Croatia during that ill-fated Euro 2008 qualifying campaign. The mistake saw Croatia go 2-0 up, a deficit that McClaren’s men failed to claw back and a result which, together with the 3-2 home defeat when Carson made his error, ultimately cost England dear. Despite strong club performances after that game, Robinson was left out of the international scene ever since.