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Stoke defender Shawcross has ambitions to make England team

Stoke City defender Ryan Shawcross has said making his England debut is one of his main targets for next season. Shawcross was an unused substitute for the national side during the 3-1 friendly win over Egypt in March but was not selected for the World Cup.

The 22-year-old told BBC Radio Stoke: "We have a lot of good players in my position, so it's going to be difficult to get into the team.

"Hopefully, I can get into the squad. To play is a dream of mine." Shawcross was not surprised that he failed to make the final 23, but thinks he can take confidence from having been so close to selection.

"I was in the group of 45 players who were told not to book any holidays and keep their phone on, but then I didn't make it to the 30 that went to Austria, which was disappointing," he added.

"But just to have my name in there was good for me and good for Stoke."

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