Stoke City boss Mark Hughes writes off Ryan Shawcross' hopes of earning England recall

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Hughes believes that the defender is unlikely to be involved during next summer's European Championships.

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes has somewhat bizarrely claimed that he does not expect Ryan Shawcross to be selected for the England side unless there are drastic changes in the set-up, the Daily Star report.

The centre-back has been capped once by England, but his debut will be remembered for the sensational display put on by Zlatan Ibrahimovic - the Paris Saint-Germain forward scored all of Sweden's goals in a 4-2 win in 2012, including an incredible overhead kick. 

Despite the disappointing international bow, the former Manchester United trainee has remained one of the most consistent and reliable defenders in the Premier League. Nevertheless, his manager does not believe that he will be earning a recall anytime soon. 

"I know he's still got ambitions to be part of the England squad again and he can only do what he's doing," he said.

"But Roy no doubt has loyalty to those players who got him to the championships in the summer and Ryan might have to wait for circumstances to change.

"It's probably getting late now to make a breakthrough and I wouldn't expect too many surprises between now and the summer," he added.

While the likes of John Stones, Gary Cahill and Chris Smalling are likely to be keeping the 28-year-old further down the pecking order, he has arguably earned another opportunity to show what he can do at international level, even if that chance comes in a friendly. 

Although Stoke have added several more creative players in the last couple of years, Shawcross has helped the Potters maintain a solid foundation that means that they have remained very difficult to break down. 

And if there were concerns about whether he could handle international football after the torrid time he received against Sweden three years ago, then he answered some of those doubts when he kept Spain striker Diego Costa very quiet when Chelsea were beaten at the Britannia earlier in the month. 

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