Stoke skipper Shawcross explains Wales snub

Stoke City skipper Ryan Shawcross has explained committing his international future to England over Wales.

Stoke City skipper Ryan Shawcross has explained committing his international future to England over Wales.

The 25-year-old, who was handed his first call-up by Fabio Capello in 2010, could have had the opportunity to represent Wales but insisted chose England.

"When I was a schoolboy, I played for Wales because I went to school in Wales but when I turned 16, there was a rule that said I couldn't play for Wales," he said.

"But in recent months, that rule changed and I could play for Wales again. But I decided years ago I wanted to play for England and I spoke to Chris Coleman, and Gary Speed before that, and made it clear that I wanted to play for England, so there was never any choice really."

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