Stoke City: England is only option for me, says Shawcross
STOKE City captain Ryan Shawcross says he is fully committed to England, despite interest from Wales manager Chris Coleman.
The Wales boss has revealed he is considering an approach for Shawcross – but only if that's okay with Welsh skipper Aaron Ramsey.
However, even if he got the Arsenal midfielder's approval, it appears Coleman would be wasting his time with an approach for Shawcross.
The Stoke defender has made clear he sees his international future with England.
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He took to twitter yesterday to say: "Still focused on getting in the England squad, despite what's in the media."
Coleman is keen to strengthen the Welsh squad and wanted to call on 24-year-old Shawcross, who qualifies because he grew up in North Wales and was educated there.
However, Coleman said he would consult Wales skipper Ramsey because of the history between him and the Stoke player.
Shawcross's challenge broke Ramsey's leg in a game at the Britannia Stadium two years ago. The Arsenal player has never publicly accepted the defender's apology.
Coleman wanted Shawcross, along with Swansea City's Angel Rangel and Ben Turner of Cardiff.
However, the Wales boss said he would tread carefully in the case of Shawcross because of Ramsey.
He said: "There are issues there. I'm not going to shy away from that.
"Ryan Shawcross, Ben Turner, Angel Rangel – these are good players and players that could possibly strengthen us.
"But if I was going down that road, the first person I would speak to, especially in terms of Ryan, would be Aaron."
Shawcross has yet to make his full England debut, having been an unused substitute in his only call up, for a friendly against Egypt at Wembley in March 2010.
However, the Stoke defender has consistently made clear that he wants to play international football for England.
Speaking in 2009, he told The Sentinel: "I grew up in Wales and only moved away to play football. My family still lives there so I have big ties to North Wales, it is a lovely place."
Shawcross became qualified for Wales after FIFA changed their rules so players are eligible for a country if they have five years of compulsory education there.