Walters hails Stoke's spirit

Striker also surprised Shawcross is not in England's squad

Walters: Says Stoke's spirit is first class after his penalty secured victory over Liverpool

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Jon Walters has praised Stoke City's spirit following the victory over Liverpool and expressed surprise that team-mate Ryan Shawcross is not in the England squad.

Stoke maintained their unbeaten start to the season on Saturday with a 1-0 home victory over Liverpool courtesy of Walters' first-half penalty.

The bedrock for the Potters' success was an impressive performance at the heart of the defence by Shawcross and he earned the plaudits of the match-winner.

"They made it difficult for us. We soaked up a lot of pressure and got a bit of luck along the way," said Walters.

First class

"How Ryan's not getting called into the England squad I don't know. He played against Suarez and Andy Carroll and coped with everything they threw at him.

"The spirit within the camp is first class, we're all there for each other.

"We've won six and drawn two and it's been first class all the way through and yesterday epitomised us in the way we defended.

"We put bodies on the line and there was some great defending to keep a clean sheet.

"That is what we are all about and the new boys (Peter Crouch and Wilson Palacios both made their debuts while Cameron Jerome was an unused substitute) who have come in have taken that on board and carried it through."

Having missed from the spot at Norwich late last month, the Republic of Ireland international took no chances as he drilled his shot straight down the middle after referee Mark Clattenburg ruled Jamie Carragher had pulled him over.

Walters added: "I said to myself if I win another one I'll get up and take it and there was no putting it in the corner, it was blast it straight down the middle."