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Shawcross vows to maintain style

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Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross has vowed not to change his style despite the criticism he received after his leg-breaking challenge on Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey last weekend.

Gunners boss described the tackle as "unacceptable" but several team-mates and fellow professionals have sprung to the centre-back's defence, but he is determined to play the same way on his return.

"Whenever I play for Stoke I am 100% committed and that will be the same as ever when I next play," said the 22-year-old, who was visibly upset after seeing the extend of Ramsey's double fracture.

"Hopefully, when I am back from suspension, I can do well again. The fans and a lot of people around me have been fantastic in their support over the past few days."

Shawcross, who was an unused substitute for England's 3-1 win over Egypt on Wednesday night, will serve a three-match ban for the red card shown after his clash with Ramsey.

He said his England call-up had helped deflect some of the pressure off him and he had found his new international team-mates very supportive.

"The other players have been fantastic. It has been about football really, nothing else," he told The Sentinel.

"I have enjoyed it thoroughly with England. It has been a tough few days, but all I can do now is look forward and hopefully get back in this squad again.

"Hopefully I can do well over the next couple of months and get my chance."

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