Stoke City’s Ryan Shawcross won't force move to boost England hopes

Ryan Shawcross

The defender only has one cap to his name but probably should have more.

Stoke City defender Ryan Shawcross has told Sky Sports he is happy at the club, but wouldn’t rule out a move if it would improve his England chances.

The centre half has made just one international appearance to date against Sweden in 2012, a game which saw six players make their England debuts.

Unfortunately for Shawcross, he came up against Zlatan Ibrahimovic in inspired form and he is yet to return to the international stage since. In fact, only Raheem Sterling has been given regular appearances of those six who made their debuts in that game.

Shawcross says he would not rule out a move, but at the same time will not force a transfer away from the Potteries.

"I'm very happy, I've got three years left on my contract and it looks like I'll be seeing them out,” he said.

"In football, you never know - a team might come in and make an offer, the club might accept it and then you've got a decision to make - but until Stoke City accept an offer I'm a Stoke City player.”

Roy Hodgson currently has a dearth of top quality centre backs in his squad, with retired John Terry arguably the best English defender around.

Recent squads have seen the likes of Gary Cahill, Phil Jagielka, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling all vying for places, although they are not assured of a spot. Shawcross though, certainly thinks he’s done enough to warrant a call up.

"I feel like I'm playing well enough to get in the squad, but unfortunately I've not been picked,” he added.

“There are a lot of good centre-halves out there so it's going to be difficult, but all I can do is my stuff on the pitch. Hopefully if I play well enough I'll get back in that squad, and if not then I've tried my hardest and hopefully played well."

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