We've all played the 'name your best ever 11' game - digging through the hundreds of names to find that illustrious 11 that you thought had what it takes to make it in the Premier League. 

But when you play that game with Stoke, the goalkeepers are a bit of a headache.

For many years, Gordon Banks and Peter Shilton were the two faces that came up on most people's draft copies. 

Banks' participation in the 1966 World Cup win and his 1972 League Cup win at Stoke would justify him being picked as well as the fact that he played for Stoke when they were in the top tier of English football. 

Then there are those who would debate that Shilton was better, also an England international, Ray Clemence and Shilton were the two top England keepers in the 80s. 

His transfer fee to Stoke in 1974 was a world record and they narrowly missed out on a League title in his first year at Stoke. 

He then went on to play all 48 fixtures of the following season before Stoke's relegation the following season and his sale to Nottingham Forest.

Ever since Stoke have been promoted to the Premier League, the opinion has been split on whether Thomas Sorensen or Asmir Begovic should start in goal. 

Back in the Stoke's first two seasons in the Premier League, Sorensen was the best penalty stopper in the division. 

Already a Danish international, he was the successor to legendary goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel in Denmark, he played every game for Stoke including cup games until Begovic was signed in 2010.

Since then the Bosnian international has not dropped a single Premier League game to Sorensen with the Danish 'keeper relegated to the cup games. 

Begovic also picked up Stoke City's fans' players player of the year for last season - after he was one of the main reasons Stoke had the best defence in the Premier League up until Christmas.

Begovic will have some tough opposition next season as Stoke City's January transfer signing Jack Butland could return from his loan spell at Birmingham. 

The England under-21 international has already excelled at the lower level but he now has the opportunity to step up and be as great as the Stoke City and England goalkeepers before him. 

Butland told talkSPORT last night: "They are big shoes to fill but I have big feet myself so well see.

"I will be doing everything I can to try to emulate them.

"They have been the best goalkeepers the world has ever seen so it is an honour to be part of the club and I am really excited to try to emulate them and do the best I can for Stoke."

Soon-to-be third choice goalkeeper Sorensen has plans to talk to new manager Mark Hughes about his future.

 

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#Stoke City
#Peter Shilton
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#Gordon Banks
#Thomas Sorensen
#Asmir Begovic