UPDATED 06:51 17th July 2012
RYAN SHAWCROSS, one of City’s most consistent performers over recent seasons demonstrated once again during Mark Hughes’ first season in charge that he remains one of the best English centre-halves but yet to receive serious international recognition from Roy Hodgson.
The centre-half received his only international recognition when Fabio Capello included him in his squad for a friendly against Egypt back in February 2010.
However, the 26-year-old’s strong leadership and commanding performances at the back for the Potters will surely mean he is on Hodgson’s radar for future international tournaments.
Shawcross was almost an ever-present at the heart of Stoke City’s defence throughout the 2013-14 season, missing only one league game through suspension, illustrating how crucial the Chester-born defender has become.
He has made over 240 starts in the league since making his loan move from Manchester United permanent in January 2008, helping the Potters to promotion from the Championship at the end of his first season.
He has since played a pivotal role is helping to establish the club in the Premier League, forming a formidable partnership with fellow central defender Robert Huth.
Like many of his team-mates at the Britannia Stadium, Shawcross learnt his trade as a youth player at Old Trafford, though he never managed a league appearance for the club.
He was loaned out to United’s Belgian feeder club, Royal Antwerp, for the second half of the 2006-07 season, where he went onto make 22 appearances, before joining City for an initial six-month loan spell.
He scored on his debut in the first game of the season to secure a vital victory against Cardiff City.