Stoke City: How Shawcross' England debut unfolded
The Sentinel's Martin Spinks gives his reaction to Ryan Shawcross's England debut.
JUST 20 minutes, 20 lousy minutes, was all he gave him.
It must have felt like an eternity for Ryan Shawcross on the bench – it certainly did for the rest of us – before Roy Hodgson finally handed him his senior England debut.
But take a bow anyway big fella.
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The rest of the country may have raised little more than an eyebrow at his cameo in Stockholm last night.
But here in the Potteries he will be saluted for finally ending that long (and somewhat embarrassing) 28-year wait to see a Stoke City player represent England in a senior international.
We have to admit it was a baptism of fire, though.
Replacing Tottenham's Steven Caulker, who inconveniently netted on his debut in the first half, was a tough act to begin with.
And picking up the pace of the game, just as Zlatan Ibrahimovic was picking up the pace of his, was also a pretty thankless task.
Shawcross, we have to be honest, was caught out by Ibrahimovic's second of the night barely a minute after Stoke's finest had been thrown into the lion's den.
But he was helpless on Ibrahimovic's next two as Sweden's leading man ended up with four on a night when England threw away a winning position.
But what of Shawcross specifically... once he was belatedly handed that chance at international level?
Here's the story of 20 minutes he will never forget, even though he might prefer to...
74 mins: At last! When you've waited 28 years, what's another few minutes? But Stokies everywhere are doing a Fergie with their wristwatch by the time he eventually replaces Caulker and jogs on alongside fellow subs Carl Jenkinson and Tom Huddlestone.
75 mins: He's still find his feet and settling in nicely (it seems!) as a Sweden attack peters out.
76 mins: Oh dear. Shawcross is in trouble when he's aggressively spun by Ibrahimovic en route to Sweden's equaliser for 2-2. Whether he's too tight to the striker or caught cold, either way he's out of the game as Ibrahimovic turns goalwards, controls instantly and smashes past Joe Hart. Welcome to international football.
80 mins: His heart must still be racing as he collects a back pass comfortably and plays it to right-back Jenkinson.
83 mins: He's tight to his man again, but this time prevents him turning as Sweden win a free-kick more than 25 yards from goal. Ouch! Ibrahimovic drills hard and low past Hart's sluggish dive to his left and the ball is inside the post for 3-2.
85 mins: Un-nerved, Shawcross steps forward to nod away from another potentially tricky situation as England, still shaking their head at the turnaround in events, clear their lines.
86 mins: Firm defending again from the Stoke skipper to prod away before his man can control or turn and head goalwards.
86 mins: He's up for an England corner, his first chance to attack, but the ball never comes close to reaching him.
91 mins: Remember that brilliant goal-line clearance in the dying seconds against Man City? Not this time. Shawcross is blameless as Hart's header is returned with interest by Ibrahimovic's wonderful acrobatics. Our man back-tracks furiously, but has no chance of clearing off the line with a flailing leg.
That was his last chance to impress. His last chance last night, but hopefully not his last chance period.