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Jack Butland could push ahead of Everton's Jordan Pickford for England if he makes reported Aston Villa move

Aston Villa fans light up the Holte End in memory of ex Aston Villa manager Graham Taylor before the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Preston North End at Villa Park on...

Aston Villa and Everton will contest the oldest top-flight fixture once again next season when they meet in the Premier League.

30th March 2019, London Stadium, London, England; EPL Premier League football, West Ham United versus Everton; Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford of Everton waring the Premier League Kick It Out...Everton's Jordan Pickford

Everton's Jordan Pickford could be in for a serious challenge for England's number 1 spot if Aston Villa push on with their move for Jack Butland

The Birmingham Mail have claimed that Villa are plotting a stunning move for Stoke City's Butland, with a potential bid of £20 million in the offing. 

 

Now that Villa are in the Premier League, it increases their chances of signing the 26-year-old, who would enhance his career if he makes the move. Both in terms of challenging Everton's Pickford for England & proving his worth once again in England's top-flight. 

At this moment in time, Pickford is pretty comfortable in between the sticks for Gareth Southgate's side, especially after he produced penalty heroics during the UEFA Nations third-place play-off final win over Switzerland last Sunday.  

But only six months ago, Pickford was coming under huge stick from a number of supporters, including the Goodison Park faithful as his form in the Premier League was being questioned - but for England, no-one was really cementing a proper challenge for his number one spot, with the number two playing in the Championship.

Jordan Pickford of England and Everton FC during the UEFA Nations League Semi-Final football match Netherlands vs England at D.Afonso Henriques stadium in Guimares on June 6, 2019.

But that can soon change if Butland does make the move to the Midlands outfit because he would be playing on a bigger stage and his name will be heard a lot louder.

Added with that, Villa have been known to produce England internationals when they have been playing in the top-flight and there's no reason why that will change upon their return.

On his day, Butland is a high-class keeper and if he can reproduce his best form in the Premier League and for Villa then Pickford should look over his shoulders when he's representing his country on international duty. 

Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland saves from Teemu Pukki of Norwich during the Sky Bet Championship match between Stoke City and Norwich City at the Bet365 Stadium on April 22, 2019 in Stoke-...

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