Given starts, but no Glen Johnson for Stoke City

Shay Given will make his Stoke City debut in Saturday night’s third-place Barclays Asia Trophy playoff against the Singapore Select XI, but local fans won’t get the chance to see fellow international Glen Johnson.

Potters manager Mark Hughes said in Friday’s pre-match press conference that Johnson, who joined Stoke on a free transfer from Liverpool, would most likely play some part in the game.

But the 30-year-old, pictured above, has been left out of the entire 21-man squad.

Johnson only arrived in Singapore on Sunday, along with fellow newcomers Given and Marco van Ginkel.

Peter Crouch, a second-half substitute in Wednesday’s penalty shootout defeat to Everton, has been named in the starting line-up alongside Peter Odemwingie and Marko Arnautovic.

Aged 39, Given will represent his eighth English club, following stops at Blackburn Rovers, Swindon Town, Sunderland, Newcastle, Manchester City, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough across his 20-year career.

Hughes has already flagged the veteran Irishman will be replaced at halftime by Jack Butland, who will be the Potters’ first-choice keeper when the new Premier League season begins next month.

Danish keeper Jakob Haugaard, who impressed in goal on Wednesday, is also on the bench.

Singapore Select XI coach V. Sundramoorthy has largely stuck with the same line-up that started Wednesday’s 4-0 defeat to Arsenal, including foreign imports Nicolas Velez and Sirina Camara.

Velez impressed against the Gunners, while Camara was below his best, but has been given another chance to show what he can do in front of what’s expected to be a healthy crowd at the National Stadium.

Sundarmoorthy has made one change, with Madhu Monana replacing fellow defender Shaiful Esah.

Following the battle for third place, Arsenal and Everton will fight it out for the silverware in the seventh Barclays Asia Trophy.

Photo credit: Mark Scott