Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross has told Sky Sports that he remains fully focused on the possibility of playing for England rather than Wales, despite being constantly overlooked by Roy Hodgson.
Solitary England Cap
Shawcross, 27, already has one England cap to his name having made his international debut as a substitute in a friendly against Sweden in 2012. He has made no effort to hide his desire to play again for his country, telling Sky Sports:
"I made a decision a couple of years ago to play for England. I've got one cap and I want more.”
Despite this, there have been calls for Shawcross to perhaps step into the Wales set-up, qualifying for the international side because he was raised in the country.
Of course, the Stoke skipper is not disqualified from switching his allegiance because his only international game for England came in a friendly rather than a competitive fixture.
England call-up not likely
The Stoke stalwart has been performing consistently well at club level, offering strong performances and decisive leadership, but has been overlooked for Roy Hodgson’s squad once again.
The withdrawal of John Stones from the squad due to injury led to speculation that perhaps Shawcross would be recalled, but Arsenal defender Calum Chambers was instead preferred. Having made over 240 starts in the league, one must pose the question that if now is not the right time for the centre-back to enter the setup, when is?
However, Shawcross doesn’t dwell on such anxieties, instead offering the following to Sky Sports:
"It doesn't bother me if I don't get picked. If I get picked, brilliant; if I don't, it doesn't really bother me… If I don't get into the England squad until I retire, I will have no frustration. I'm just happy to be playing."
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