Robert Huth: Judge Ryan Shawcross on his Stoke City displays, not England agony
ROBERT Huth says Ryan Shawcross should be judged on his performances for Stoke City, not just 15 minutes as a substitute for England.
The Germany international doesn't want to tell England who to pick, but believes his central defensive partner is a better player than he was able to show during his brief international debut away to Sweden last Wednesday.
City skipper Shawcross endured a baptism of fire for England as, within three minutes of coming on, he was turned by striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic who ran through to score the second of his four goals in Sweden's 4-2 win.
However, Shawcross returned to action in some style as he and Huth helped Stoke withstand a second-half battering from West Ham in the 1-1 draw on Monday night.
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Huth claimed Shawcross showed his character by keeping Andy Carroll quiet at Upton Park. He said: "Ryan was outstanding.
"In the first half he made one great tackle and in the second he was the same as usual. So it was 15 minutes (for England) the other night, but for 90 he was outstanding for us.
"Compared to the England game, not many people will have seen the West Ham game to judge his real performance, but he was as good as any defender in the league."
Huth says he enjoys playing alongside 25-year-old Shawcross and respects him.
He added: "I get on with him. He's similar to me in terms of ethic and attitude."
Shawcross's central defensive partnership with Huth has helped Stoke concede just 11 goals in their 12 league games – the second-best record in the division, just one goal behind champions Manchester City.
However, Huth says Stoke's defensive record is not just about him and Shawcross.
He added: "It is an 11-man job. It is easy at times to take the credit, but it is also about the midfielders and strikers because they defend as well."