Sorensen ready for battle

Potters keeper prepared to fight for starting berth

Thomas Sorensen: Will battle Asmir Begovic for a starting berth at Stoke

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Thomas Sorensen is ready to slug it out with goalkeeping rival Asmir Begovic for a starting role at Stoke, with both men desperate to be No.1.

Tony Pulis has switched between the pair at times, with the Stoke boss in the enviable position of having two proven international and Premier League performers at his disposal.

Sorensen accepts that he has a battle on his hands to earn a regular role in 2012/13, but he is ready to embrace the selection challenge.

The 36-year-old believes he is capable of providing the Potters' last line of defence if called upon, but accepts that Pulis has a tough decision to make.

"I don't think much has changed from last season," Sorensen told The Sentinel.

"There are two good keepers fighting to be No.1. It's a good situation for the manager.

"It will be frustrating for one keeper, but the manager has proved he is willing to go to either keeper and is willing to give us both a fair chance."

Devastated

Sorensen cannot wait to get the new season underway, with an untimely back injury robbing him of the chance to add to his 101 international caps and form part of Denmark's squad at Euro 2012.

He said: "I was fine within a week or ten days of the injury. It just came at the wrong time for me.

"It was more about the uncertainty because the final squad had to be selected. I was devastated to be so close having worked so hard for so long.

"But the manager was fair and explained why he made that decision.

"I can see why he wanted everyone fit. It could have kept me out for two weeks and I would have missed all the games.

"I was down about it, but I am part of the team and was kicking every single ball as I watched the games."