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Shaqiri to do his talking on the pitch as Stoke winger prepares for England clash

Stoke City winger Xherdan Shaqiri sees Switzerland's Euro2016 qualifier against England on Tuesday as an opportunity to silence those who criticised his big-money move to the Potters.

Shaqiri came in for condemnation from some quarters for opting to accept the big money on offer from Stoke, rather than signing less lucrative deals at bigger clubs in Germany.

The 23-year-old is determined to let his football do the talking in response to the criticism, with Wembley Stadium his chosen stage.

"I will do my talking on the pitch - unlike some others," Shaqiri said.

Shaqiri is also eager to live up to the legacy of Stoke legend Sir Stanley Matthews, who made his name in Shaqiri's position on the right wing.

"I've done some homework about him and watched some tapes and I know this is the second oldest club in the world as well," Shaqiri said.

"It was a big dream for me to play in the Premier League. All clubs want to play in Europe, whether it's the Champions League, Europa League or the European championships. And that is the target for us and me now."

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