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Shawcross aims to be England mainstay

SoccerNews in English Premier League 13 Nov 2012

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Stoke City defender Ryan Shawcross has revealed his target of becoming a regular member of the England international set-up.

The centre-back has not taken to the field in an England shirt so far, but could well collect his first cap on Wednesday in a friendly against Sweden, following some dependable performances at the heart of Tony Pulis’ defence in the Premier League.

It is the third time Shawcross has been summoned by Roy Hodgson, and the defender has admitted he is now starting to feel comfortable as a part of his country’s international set-up.

“On a personal level, if I’m doing okay and being consistent, I always felt that I had enough to hopefully break into the England squad,” Shawcross told FATV.

“And luckily enough I have done, so I want to stay in it.

“It’s always good to come away with the national team and now I’ve been a few times I’m starting to feel at home. Hopefully we can get a positive result out in Sweden and that’s the main point of this week really.”

Shawcross also discussed his eligibility to represent British rivals Wales at senior level, having done so as a schoolboy, although insisted he never considered it as a serious option.

“When I was a schoolboy, I played for Wales because I went to school (there) but when I turned 16, there was a rule that said I couldn’t play for Wales,” he said.

“But in recent months, that rule changed and I can play for Wales again. But I’ve always wanted to play for England and I spoke to Chris Coleman, and Gary Speed before that, and made it clear that I wanted to play for England, so there was never really any choice.”

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