England have suffered a massive blow ahead of their Euro 2016 campaign as Jack Butland has been ruled out of the tournament after he suffered a fractured ankle during the Three Lions' 3-2 win over Germany. The Stoke City goalkeeper confirmed the injury and admitted that he was devastated with the diagnosis.
According to the Guardian, the Potters star is expected to be out for at least three months, which makes him England's first casualty ahead of their trip to France for the European Championship finals in June this year. He is set to undergo surgery in the coming days and although he could be fit before the start of the tournament, he will be unable to prove his fitness when Roy Hodgson picks his team on 12 May.
"Today's scan revealed I've fractured my ankle, absolutely devasted! I'll be doing everything I can to get back fit as soon as I can!" Butland wrote on his official Twitter account following a scan on 27 March.
The 23-year-old has been ever present for Stoke in the Premier League this year and has featured in all 31 games thus far this campaign keeping 10 clean sheets, three behind compatriot Joe Hart. He will be a big miss for Mark Hughes' team as they are in the battle for a possible place in Europe along with Southampton, Liverpool, West Ham United and the two Manchester clubs, with the latter three also vying for a place in the top four.
Butland, who was guaranteed a place in Hodgson's squad for Euro 2016, suffered the injury while making an awkward catch late in the first-half. Frazer Forster replaced the young Englishman and will start their friendly against Netherlands as Hodgson's first choice Hart is currently injured as well. Burnley stopper Tom Heaton could be drafted in as a replacement for the Stoke stopper for this summer's tournament.