THOMAS SORENSEN will begin Denmark's countdown to the World Cup Finals this weekend . . . safe in the knowledge that his future at Stoke City has been secured with a new contract.

The 33-year-old Stoke City goalkeeper has now signed an extension to his existing agreement with the Potters which keeps him at the Britannia Stadium until the end of the 2010/11 season.

Sorensen celebrated Denmark's qualification for the World Cup Finals recently by opening discussions about his future which has led to a 12-month extension of the contract he originally signed when he completed a move from Aston Villa in 2008.

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This new agreement also features the option of a further year, subject to the number of appearances, as the 'keeper looks to prolong his career at the very top.

He will win his 84th cap on Saturday when Denmark play a friendly against South Korea and has his sights set on joining an elite list of players who have won 100 caps.

Sorensen would be the first-ever Stoke City player to reach that landmark while playing for the Club, one which he may well accomplish within the next twelve months.

"It would be fantastic to get to 100 caps, that would be a great achievement in itself," the 'keeper told Loud & Proud in an interview with the Club's new quarterly magazine.

Sorensen took over as Denmark's first choice goalkeeper from Peter Schmeichel, who won 129 caps for his country, but that is a long way off in the eyes of City's 'keeper.

"I think 100 caps is a more realistic aim at this point," he added. "If I can reach that milestone, then who knows, but right now another 40 caps is a long way to go.

"It would be wonderful to emulate Peter because he has been such an inspirational figure, not only for me and other 'keepers in Denmark, but also 'keepers all over the world."

Sorensen was a key figure in helping Denmark to reach the World Cup Finals as they finished top of Group One ahead of Portugal and close rivals Sweden.

But as he says: "There is an awful lot of hard work to be done before we get to the World Cup Finals, but hopefully there will be something at the end of it.

"I feel as though I can go on for at least another four or five years, but when you get to a certain age, so much can happen with injuries and fitness that you cannot look too far ahead.

He added: "I am really enjoying my time at Stoke. With the new training ground, everything is looking up. We have a very good first team, things are going well in Premier League and I am pleased to be part of that.

"I want to keep playing for as long as I am good enough, fit enough and have the desire. It's fantastic that I have so much to look forward to over the coming months with both Stoke and Denmark."

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*You can read the full interview with Thomas Sorensen in Loud & Proud which is on sale now priced £3.50.

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