Shawcross to use Stoke as stepping stone for another England tilt

Stoke skipper Ryan Shawcross has not given up hope of another England cap after being overlooked by Roy Hodgson in the past 18 months.

Stoke skipper Ryan Shawcross has not given up hope of another England cap after being overlooked by Roy Hodgson in the past 18 months.

The 26-year-old centre-back made his only England appearance as a substitute in a friendly against Sweden, back in November 2012.

Asked about his England debut, he said: "I haven't spoken to him since then.

"I thought if I had a good season, which I thought I had, I would have a chance but this time it wasn't to be.

"It is a target of mine to get back in the squad, so hopefully if I can play well enough I can make it impossible for him to not pick me.

"That's my mission for next year and hopefully I can get back into that squad."

 
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