Man Utd legend Neville: Shawcross a credit to Stoke

Manchester United legend Gary Neville says Ryan Shawcross' England call is a credit to Stoke City.

Manchester United legend Gary Neville says Ryan Shawcross' England call is a credit to Stoke City.

There are still those who dismiss the Stoke skipper as little more than a hard man in one of the Barclays Premier League's most physically imposing teams.

However, speaking at a children's coaching clinic at St George's Park as part of the Football Association and McDonald's Community Awards programme, Neville said: "I don't go along with the way in which people look at Stoke players.

"They are physical and they are aggressive but they also have a lot of quality.

"I have seen Ryan Shawcross play since he was 16. Coming through the Manchester United system, I know he has been brought up in the correct manner.

"He is a good football player and deserves respect for that.

"He is a great story and the fact he is in the England squad this week is something I am proud of."

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