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.

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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