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Man Utd legend Neville: Stoke's Shawcross deserves England call

Manchester United legend Gary Neville says Stoke City skipper Ryan Shawcross deserves his England call.

The 25-year-old has maintained his consistent form for the Potters this season and Neville feels his hard working attitude has taken him back to the top level.

"Any kid who has a dream should look at Ryan Shawcross maybe more than people at the highest elements of the game," said England coach Neville.

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

"I remember playing with him when he was 16. He was a raw talent but someone who really wanted to make it. He wanted to use the last ounce of his energy to become a professional footballer.

"He had to leave Manchester United to get his chance. Not giving in and continuing to fight is a huge strength and he has been absolutely fantastic for Stoke.

"He deserves his opportunity this week and I am looking forward to seeing him because he represents the best of attitude, of working hard to get where you want. I am sure he will improve and get better."

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