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."