Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has once again led the chorus regarding the importance of club captain Ryan Shawcross.

The 26-year old Potters defender has played just once for the England national team but Bosnia international Begovic believes he would be a great inclusion to the Three Lions squad for this summer's World Cup in Brazil.

"I've been beating the drum for Ryan for a while," he told the Stoke Sentinel. "I get to train with him and play with him every week and see what kind of quality player he is.

"I don't think he would ever let England down.

"It's important to have leaders and he's been our captain for a number of years. It's someone they need to look at and make a decision.

"There's no doubt you do get overlooked if you're not playing for one of the (title-chasing) clubs.

"I wish he was Bosnian! He's a great player, and I'm sure he will get his international chance soon."

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