Dave Kemp: Stoke City skipper Ryan Shawcross has a bright England future, despite Brazil snub
STOKE skipper Ryan Shawcross is being tipped to battle his way back into the England set-up following his omission from tonight's friendly against Brazil.
Shawcross was hoping to retain his place in Roy Hodgson's party after making his debut in last November's friendly in Sweden.
But his place for the Wembley fixture was taken by Manchester United defender Chris Smalling following his return from injury.
Shawcross endured a testing first appearance for his country after being thrown on in the 75th minute of the 4-2 defeat by Sweden.
"Everybody here would have been disappointed for Ryan after missing out on this squad," said Stoke's assistant manager Dave Kemp.
"But he shouldn't concern himself too much.
"I'm sure he will do well enough in the future to get himself another chance."
Stoke have half-a-dozen players away on international duty this week to disrupt preparations for Saturday's visit of Reading.
Of particular concern is Kenwyne Jones playing a friendly in Trinidad & Tobago against Peru, while Geoff Cameron does not kick off until 9pm this evening (GMT) for the United States in a World Cup qualifier in Honduras.
"The two biggest worries at the moment are Kenwyne and Geoff because of the distances and time differences involved," added Kemp.
"You just hope they return to your club in good time and with no new injuries."
Cameron is hoping to be awarded his sixth cap by coach Jurgen Klinsmann tonight and Maurice Edu, on loan to Turkish outfit Bursaspor, is in line for his 10th.
America's game in Honduras is their first fixture in a six-nation group completed by Costa Rica, Jamaica, Mexico and Panama.
Meanwhile, goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has been quoted in Bosnia as saying he thinks he will be leaving Stoke in the summer in the wake of the deadline-day signing of Birmingham's Jack Butland.
Marc Wilson, out with a broken leg since the October 27 game against Sunderland, made his comeback yesterday by playing 70 minutes in a 3-2 friendly defeat to Northampton. Cameron Jerome and Matthew Lund were Stoke's scorers.