Stoke City chairman Peter Coates is convinced skipper Ryan Shawcross will play for England.

Coates says the young defender is still improving and believes he has every chance of still forcing his way into England contention.

He said: "Ryan is a very fine young player and we are very pleased to have him.

"Defensively he is as good as anyone. He's not quite scored the goals he did this past season, but that will come again. He is a work in progress."