Jack Butland eyeing England starting berth – ‘I don’t want to be here to just make up the numbers’

first_img Jack Butland 1 Jack Butland is determined to put pressure on incumbent England goalkeeper Joe Hart.The Stoke stopper made his Three Lions debut against Italy in August 2012 and is back in Roy Hodgson’s plans ahead of a Euro 2016 qualifying double-header against San Marino and Switzerland.Hart has collected 52 caps and his recent performances for Manchester City suggest he will get the nod against Switzerland next Tuesday, but there may be an opportunity for Butland before then.The 22-year-old is not prepared to be Hart’s understudy forever and will state his case for the gloves if he is picked against San Marino on Saturday evening.He told a press conference broadcast on Sky Sports News: “I feel in great form and am really happy to be back in the squad and I don’t want to be here to just make up the numbers.“Joe’s an incredible keeper who’s established himself for a long time now. He’s reached his 50 caps, which is brilliant, but for me I want to put pressure on him and hopefully get some game time.“I’m going to enjoy the week but ultimately put some pressure on and show people what I’m about.”last_img read more

Homeowners’ group turns 50

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HACIENDA HEIGHTS – It isn’t a city council, but community leaders agree the Hacienda Heights Improvement Association has been in some “pretty scrappy fights” over the past 50 years. “We’ve won some and we’ve lost some,” said former president Barbara Fish at the HHIA’s 50th anniversary celebration, held Saturday night at the Hacienda Heights Woman’s Clubhouse. Residents weren’t successful in stopping the nation’s largest landfill from being built in their hills, for example, but in 1986 they successfully blocked plans for two trash incinerators they said would have spewed tons of smog into the air. “The landfill was the strongest effort we’ve been involved in,” said Jeff Yann, president from 1993 to 1994. “It’s incredible when you look back at an unincorporated community taking on 88 cities and the county itself,” he said. “We weren’t successful in stopping the dump, but we got it pushed back 2,000 feet away from the houses. We saved some canyons and we got funds set up for the community.” After three failed drives for cityhood, in 1978, 1992 and 2003, the HHIA remains the only voice of the community when it comes to fighting for funds and attention from the county. Bud Welch, president in 1974, remembers the heydey of a rapidly developing community. There were battles over developers coveting hillside land for commercial areas, he recalled. “There was an awful lot of action. It was a growing area with a lot of open space.” In an attempt to guide the development, the HHIA adopted a community General Plan in 1974. Tom Dovidio, president in 1976, remembers at least one battle that may have changed the face of the community. A plot of land near Hacienda Boulevard and La Monde Street, was an empty lot which Dovidio was pushing to develop as a civic center, he said. “That would have been a perfect place to have the center of a city,” he said. Instead, it was developed as a commercial area. Dovidio thinks a different outcome would have influenced the cityhood drives. In recent months, HHIA meetings have attracted residents concerned over issues from graffiti to the opening of a medical marijuana dispensary in town, from emergency medical care to how to spend $22.8million in “tipping fees” paid by the Puente Hills Landfill. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306last_img read more