Jack Butland accepts his dream of appearing at Euro 2016 is over after fracturing his ankle but has vowed to come back stronger.
Butland sustained the injury in the first half of England’s 3-2 friendly win over Germany in Berlin and is to undergo surgery on Tuesday night.
Euro 2016 is only 10 weeks away and the 23-year-old Stoke stopper knows the rehabilitation that lies ahead effectively rules him out of contention.
“I don’t think it (Euro 2016) is going to be an option for me now to be honest because I won’t be able to play again between now and the end of the season,” Butland revealed.
“I will have an operation on Tuesday night and then it is all about working hard and making sure I come out the other side stronger and better than before.
“It is difficult because I have been working towards the Euros this summer, but I won’t be able to be part of that experience now.
“It isn’t the challenge that I expected or wanted this summer but I’m going to approach it with the right mentality and learn from it, both physically and mentally.
“I have not had to deal with an injury like this before so I will come out of it as a stronger person and a better goalkeeper, and look forward to the start of next season.”