West Brom legend Statham backing Shorey for England recall
The 51-year-old, who made nearly 300 appearances for Albion, fears Shorey may not be given the credit he deserves.
Statham told the Sunday Mercury: “Nicky suits Albion’s style of play – he has a bit of finesse and has no problems at the highest end of the game.
“What really impresses me is how good he is in possession. He doesn’t rush to clear the ball.
“I don’t see any reason why he can’t get back into the England squad. Obviously first-choice would be Ashley Cole – he’s probably the best left-back in the world and I don’t think many would argue.
“But you look at people like Stephen Warnock or Leighton Baines – Nicky is as good as, if not better, than those players.
“I just hope he has more luck than we had.”