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Stoke chairman Coates backs Shawcross for England

Stoke City chairman Peter Coates rates defender Ryan Shawcross an England prospect.

The former Manchester United trainee also qualifies for Wales, but Coates says: "I am sure Mr Capello knows all about Ryan Shawcross. They have to look beyond the end of their nose and they do think about who is coming next.

"I have seen Stuart Pearce here a few times and I am sure he looks at players like Ryan. Why shouldn't he?

"He is one of the best young centre-backs in the Premier League."



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