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Shawcross' England call-up got him through Ramsey nightmare

Stoke City boss Tony Pulis said that the England call-up received by defender Ryan Shawcross helped him through the aftermath of the 'Aaron Ramsey tackle'.

Shawcross was given a straight red card on Saturday when he challenged the Arsenal midfielder strongly for the ball but in the process, broke Ramsey's leg in two places.

The 22-year old has not been labeled as a 'tough' or 'dirty' player in the past and his reaction after the incident showed that his tackler was not deliberate.

Pulis said that his time away with the England squad has done him the world of good and helped him see that he has to move on from that tackle.

"Ryan's been away and he's had a fantastic couple of days with England," he said.

"I've made sure I've spoken to him every day and he has been fine and the players have been fantastic.

"Steven Gerrard, apparently, has been exceptional and as the captain of the team has really looked after him.

"People like Wayne Rooney and David Beckham have been brilliant and I think Shawcross will be the first to say how much help he's had from the players.

"Beckham has been very good with him, like they all have. It's the first time he has been called up for England and I think they do it with most of the lads.

"They are human beings and they know he is new to the squad, irrespective of what happened on Saturday, and that he will need some help."

Andrew Slevison
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