Keown wrote in the Daily Mail: "He uses his body incredibly well, levering his opponent away from the ball without giving away a foul. He's mastered the art of denying the attacker space.
"And if he's good enough against top opposition in the Premier League each week, he should be good enough for international selection. It's now up to him to prove that. It is healthy to have a look at someone new. People were sceptical about Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka but they have blossomed.
"Shawcross must now do the same."