Given happy to serve Stoke

Shay Given believes he has an important role to play serving as experienced back-up to first-choice Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland.

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The 40-year-old, who last week announced his retirement from international football for Republic of Ireland, is again set to be behind Butland in boss Mark Hughes’ options in the goalkeeper department at the Bet365 Stadium.

However, the former Newcastle, Manchester City and Aston Villa keeper says he will be ready to step in, if and when required, and must do all he can to push England international Butland.

He told the club’s website: “Pre-season is going very well over here in Orlando, I feel sharp and my body feels good so I’m trying to push Jack as hard as I can to get a position in the team.

“I need to stay professional and work hard every day on the training ground and with the manager and coaching staff watching you have to try and impress and show that I still have a lot to offer.

“If Jack does slip up or get injured then you want to be there and take that position and given the opportunity I still think I can play in the Premier League.

“My body feels great and I’m really looking forward to the new season.”

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