Stoke City boasting the strongest defence in the league..

Mark Hughes has moved away from the days of rugby that we used to see at the Britannia, but Stoke are just as solid defensively as they have ever been.

With Shawcross having returned from injured, the Potters now boast a midfield that is an absolutely brilliant creative machine, whilst Glenn Whelan screens the defence.

Stoke are eyeing up European football and it is amazing that the club have taken such huge steps of late, whilst playing attacking football and keeping the tougher side of their game from Pulis’ era.

The players no longer look like second rows and there have even been some passes along the floor of late.

Squawka posted the brilliant home record the Potter boast.

Granite, perhaps, or just Shawcross and his refusal to let anyone go past him.

Most remarkably, this defence has been so resilient with Glen Johnson involved in it!

Could Stoke’s talismanic captain be on his way to the Euros this summer?

The Potters will tell you that both he and Butland should be..