Stoke City ace slams 'staggering' Shawcross omission from England team

Ryan Shawcross

Stoke City defender Robert Huth has criticised Roy Hodgson for his continued failure to pick Ryan Shawcross for the England squad.

Stoke City defender Robert Huth says that it is 'staggering' that Ryan Shawcross continues to be omitted from England's plans.

The centre-back has been in fine form for a number of seasons now, but seemingly cannot earn international recognition for his performances and Huth has slammed Three Lions' manager Roy Hodgson's selection policy, as a result. 

The towering German centre-back has questioned why the England boss never comes to the Britannia Stadium to see just how good Shawcross is. 

“Staggering! Everything has been said really," he said to the Stoke Sentinel. "If he never comes to watch a game, there’s not much we can do.”

Huth has been out with injury for nearly a year, so has had to watch from the stands as Shawcross has impressed at the heart of Stoke's defence.

Although he is a robust defender, the 27-year-old has coped admirably with Stoke's transformation to a side who put a precedence on passing football under Mark Hughes.

And Huth now cannot wait to return to action again and partner Shawcross in the heart of the side's defence. 

“I’m great now. There’s been no reaction, none whatsoever. It’s all good. I haven’t missed a training session since we started pre-season," he said. 

“I don’t even consider myself to have had an injury, that’s how good it is.

“I just go to work and train, just like I did this time last year.

“Every player who’s not playing is keen to get back into the team, but I’m going to have to bide my time. I am back now though and looking forward.”

After another two week break, Huth should be even closer to match fitness and he may make his long-awaited return against Swansea City in Stoke's next fixture. 

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