Ryan Shawcross will ‘fit into the England team’, claims Stoke teammate Geoff Cameron

Ryan Shawcross

USA international Geoff Cameron wants to see Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross win his place in the England team.

Shawcross has just one cap to his name for the Three Lions, having made his debut in the 4-2 defeat to Sweden in 2012.

The former Manchester United trainee has been overlooked ever since, with Chelsea’s Gary Cahill and Everton’s Phil Jagielka the frequent centre-back pairing for Roy Hodgson’s side. Chris Smalling and Phil Jones make regular appearances for their nation as well, while Joleon Lescott turned out occasionally during his spells with Everton and Manchester City.

Despite a poor World Cup campaign, it is highly likely that Hodgson’s squad will remain fairly consistent for the Euro 2016 qualifiers, although John Stones and Calum Chambers have also come into the defensive fold. However, with the ease of the Three Lions’ qualifying group, it is a surprise to see Hodgson not call-up a number of unproven stars, and Geoff Cameron believes that his club captain at Stoke should win his second cap.

The 27-year-old has been a mainstay in the Potters starting XI since his move to the Britannia Stadium in 2008, and Cameron told talkSPORT that he has been developed into a perfect man for Hodgson’s selection.

“He’s shown his quality over the years and he’s getting better and better,” the USA international said.

“With the certain style of football we’re playing now, I think he’ll fit into the England team nicely.

“He’s gotten better with his feet, he’s able to dribble and pass out of the back, which suits the type of football England want to play.

“So, for me, he’s got to be given an opportunity, I think the least he deserves is another shot to prove himself.

“He’s a very hard-nosed defender, an English type defender you could say, and I think he has a tonne of potential in an England shirt.”

If Shawcross intends to make his way back into the England squad, he has until the end of March 2015 to prove himself, with the Three Lions facing Lithuania and Italy starting the weekend of March 27, 2015.

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