Matthew Etherington feels Stoke City's defence is as good as any in the league.

Jonathan Woodgate, 31, has ­already played as many games for Stoke as he managed for Spurs in two injury-ravaged seasons before Harry Redknapp let him go on a free.

Tony Pulis snapped him up and Etherington added: "Defensively we are as good as it gets in this league. It's the best squad we've had here in recent years - without a doubt."

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