Stoke keeper Begovic: Shawcross can replace Chelsea's Terry for England

Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic is backing skipper Ryan Shawcross for an England call.

The defender is in line for selection following Chelsea captain John Terry's international retirement.

"There's no-one better to fill that void now," said Potters goalkeeper Begovic. "Ryan has been a captain at our club for a long time and that speaks volumes for his leadership qualities.

"Hopefully, he will get a bit more consideration now and he will become a regular in the England squad.

"First and foremost Ryan is a quality defender and I think that is what some people tend to get away from these days.

"Defenders are there to defend and help protect the goal. He does that very well and I think he is adding a bit more quality and composure on the ball.

"He is adding to his game all the time, which is making him a better player. But he is never going to let you down, and he is a good leader as well.

"England couldn't do too much wrong by picking Ryan."

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