Stoke are currently 12th in the Premier League after an up and down start to the season, but Shawcross is adamant his side should have ambitions to finish in the top half of the table.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Shawcross said: "We are leaving internationals out of the starting XI now, that shows how far we've come."
"Signing [Xherdan] Shaqiri took us to another level and shows how we are regarded in European football."
Need a VPN? Or seeking to switch? Then support Tribal Football by clicking here to sign up with our official partners NordVPN. Not only will you receive the best VPN experience, but also great discounts by signing up via Tribal Football. Thanks for your support!