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Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland still maintains hopes of being included in the England squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland hoping unexpected first team run can lead to England selection for 2014 World Cup in Brazil

Butland was an unused substitute during Euro 2012 but injuries to Stoke goalkeepers Asmir Begovic and Thomas Sorensen has given Butland a chance to impress once more

Dwight Gayle scores for Crystal Palace in their 2-0 win over West Brom

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Gayle scored his fourth goal in eight matches with fellow striker Marouane Chamakh rounding out the scoring

Kenwyne Jones scores for Stoke City in the 2-1 win over Leicester City

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Mark Hughes is sent to the stands after throwing his coat in the air in disgust at the red car shown to Glenn Whelan

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Stoke City 1 Everton 1 match report: Jermaine Pennant's rush of blood delivers late gift to Everton as Leighton Baines scores penalty

Oussama Assaidi had earlier put the Potters ahead at the Britannia Stadium

Everton manager Roberto Martinez looks on from the touchline

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Mousa Dembele of Tottenham competes with Jon Walters of Stoke City

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Stoke were battered 5-1 in Newcastle before travelling down to London for the 3-0 defeat to Spurs

The Sport Matrix: Monday 30 December 2013

Mourinho attacks 'shot' Suarez as Chelsea prevail

Roberto Soldado opens the scoring from the spot

Tottenham Hotspur 3 Stoke City 0 match report: Mousa Dembele inspires Spurs to give Sherwood second win

Roberto Soldado and Aaron Lennon had also scored for Tottenham

Stoke defender Marc Wilson is sent off after giving away a penalty in the 5-1 defeat to Newcastle on Boxing Day

Stoke City chairman Peter Coates will make an official complaint about referee Martin Atkinson regarding the 5-1 defeat to Newcastle

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