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Stoke boss Pulis: Etherington, Shawcross can make World Cup squad

Stoke City boss Tony Pulis reckons he has two England internationals on his hands in Matthew Etherington and Ryan Shawcross.

Midfielder Etherington, 28, has beaten a gambling addiction to emerge as a shock contender for the friendly with Egypt next month.

And defender Shawcross, 22, is rated at a whopping £20MILLION by the Potters and has been recommended to England boss Fabio Capello by his scouts.

Pulis said: "The scouts have been to watch Ryan and Matty and there could be a couple of surprises on that plane.

"They have a great opportunity over the next few months and if they put the performances in, who knows?

"We knew about Matty's problems before he came here but we knew if we got them sorted there was a great player waiting to come out."

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