Goalkeeping legend Peter Shilton believes Stoke can be a success in the Europa League next season as they take on their first European competition in 37 years.

The Potters qualified for the Europa League last season after reaching the final of the FA Cup, eventually losing to Manchester City. They will enter the third qualifying stage of the competition in August, and Shilton believes they have a good chance of reaching the latter stages.

Speaking to BBC Radio Stoke, the former England keeper said: "Stoke are a difficult side to beat. It's going to be a great experience. To win a European trophy is something special and I think we'll have a good chance."

Shilton made over 100 appearances for the Potters after joining from Leicester in 1974 for £325,000, a world record fee for a goalkeeper. He is also still the most capped England player of all time with 125 appearances for the Three Lions.



In what is sure to be a tough season for Tony Pulis’ side, Shilton believes the manager needs to bring in new faces if the club want to compete for four trophies next season.

He said: "You need the right size of squad, where you've got competition for places and you've got your injuries covered, but also you haven't got too many players sitting on the side lines on a regular basis. Tony Pulis has always been pretty shrewd in that respect and he'll be aware of that."

Stoke have been relatively quiet in the transfer window this summer. Jonathan Woodgate, coming in on a free transfer from Tottenham, is currently their only acquisition.

However, it has been widely reported that Pulis is close to agreeing a deal for West Ham striker Carlton Cole as he looks to bolster his attacking options ahead of the Barclays Premier League season opener on August 13th.

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