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It was not long ago that Jonathan Woodgate was seen by many as one of the best defenders in England. Let’s face it, anyone who is deemed good enough to play for Real Madrid must have done something right. Since then however, he has endured a torrid time with injuries and was released by Tottenham at the end of last season.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis saw an opportunity however and snapped the England international up on a free transfer. The 31-year-old has answered the critics who questioned his move to Stoke by starting and finishing all three of his new side’s Premier league games to date. He stated, ‘Yeah, I’ve enjoyed it to be fair. I’ve just been working hard. I worked hard in the off season to get really fit and did lots of strength work. I’ve just trained every day and looked after myself in the right way’.

Stoke have kept clean sheets in two of their first three Premier League games and Woodgate knows he must perform if he is to remain first-pick at the heart of the defence. He said, ‘We’ve got some good defenders and that’s the best thing when you get competition for places. You know if you play badly that somebody will step in and take your place’. The latest news can be found at

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