Shawcross opens up about continued England exclusion

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Stoke City's Ryan Shawcross says that he is not bothered by his continued omission from the England squad.

Stoke City's Ryan Shawcross insists that he is not fazed if he doesn't get selected by England again.

Shawcross's continued omission from England squads has been a source of frustration for Potters fans, but the player himself says that he is not bothered by his exclusion. 

The 27-year-old has been in great form for a considerable amount of time, but has seen a number of players receive call-ups ahead of him and he has decided that being concerned with international recognition is not worth the bother.

"It's up to the manager to pick me and if he doesn't I've just got to carry on playing well for Stoke,"  he told the Sentinel.

"I made a decision a couple of years ago to play for England. I've got one cap and I want more. If it happens, it happens."

"It doesn't bother me if I don't get picked. If I get picked, brilliant, if I don't, it doesn't really bother me."

"My form over last season and the start of this season, I'm pleased with it. All I can do is keep clean sheets and win games for Stoke."

Shawcross' only Three Lions cap to date came against Sweden, as a late substitute in 2012 and he has never been in a squad since.

England, meanwhile, have struggled to find an effective pairing to replace the retired John Terry and Rio Ferdinand at the heart of their defence.

Shawcross' natural physicality would be an obvious plus for the side to be able to utilise, but he is also proving a capable player with the ball at his feet.

Mark Hughes has changed the Potters style considerably since arriving, demanding more possession based football, but Shawcross has adapted with ease.

He is one of Stoke's most crucial players now and he will be hoping to guide them up the Premier League table.

The Midlands side have made a rather inconsistent start to life this campaign and they will know that improvements need to be made if they are to match last season's top-half finish. 

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