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Ryan's Royal Appointment

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RYAN SHAWCROSS enjoyed a royal appointment when he trained with his England team-mates at the new National Football Centre today.

Stoke City's captain met the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who were there to officially open the £105 million St George's Park complex.

Prince William was there in his capacity as the President of the Football Association to offer the royal seal of approval to the National Football Centre, a magnificent 330-acre site which is based near Burton-upon-Trent in Staffordshire.

The royal couple met members of the England squad who were training ahead of their World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland.

Shawcross was called up into the England squad for only the second time last week ahead of the games at Wembley and in Warsaw.

The international recognition came two-and-a-half years after he was first called up by Fabio Capello for the friendly match against Eqypt.

The 25-year-old defender will be hoping to become the first City player to represent England for 28 years since winger Mark Chamberlain appeared as a substitute in a World Cup qualifier against Finland back in October 1984.

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