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Shaqiri scored one of the goals of the season so far against Everton.

Stoke City's Jack Butland insists Xherdan Shaqiri's wonder goal was no fluke

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Jack Butland has dismissed claims Xherdan Shaqiri’s stunning goal for Stoke City during their 4-3 win over Everton on Monday was unintentional.

Shaqiri made headlines in the Premier League after scoring what many are tipping to win the coveted Goal of the Season award.

Racing onto Bojan Krkic's lofted pass, the 24-year-old delightfully lifted the ball over Toffees goalkeeper Tim Howard on the half volley from just outside the box.

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Despite receiving plenty of praise for this two-goal haul in the Potters win, Match of the Day pundits Alan Shearer and Ian Wright argued that the Swiss' goal was little more than a fluke.

Instead, the duo suggested the Kosovo-born midfielder's strike was an attempted cross.

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However, Stoke teammate Butland was evidently having none of it, taking to Twitter and refuting any suggestions the goal was unintentional.

Shaqiri himself insisted his goal wasn't a fluke, according to The Sentinel.

"For the second goal," he began, "Marko Arnautovic was offside when Bojan played the pass but I went deep and I think he was always trying to pass to me anyway. The finish was really good.

"I knew what I wanted to do... Does it look like I didn't? Arnautovic said it was a cross? Well, Arnautovic talks too much, man."

Brought to the Britannia Stadium over the summer following a disastrous six month stint in Italy with Inter Milan, Shaqiri’s brace means the ex-Bayern Munich man has already managed double the amount of league goals for the Potters in his first 15 domestic games as he did with the Nerazzurri.

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