UPDATED 04:40 27th August 2015
A STOKE CITY veteran, Ryan Shawcross is commonly regarded as one of the most impressive defenders in the Barclays Premier League.
Plucked from Manchester United as a raw, but talented, teenager back in 2008, Shawcross has since amassed well over 300 appearances for the Club; playing a monumental role in the modern day success at the Britannia Stadium.
The Club captain, a role that Shawcross revels, he regularly displays tremendous leadership qualities on the pitch and proving a key first-team regular with his never say die attitude and his unquestionable defensive attributes.
Capped at full international level on just one occasion, against Sweden back in 2012, many have called for the Chester-born ace to be rewarded with another call up after enjoying arguably his two most impressive seasons to date, under Mark Hughes.
The 28-year-old made 32 league appearances for the Potters as he led them to a record breaking Premier League points tally in 2014/15, chipping in with two goals; one of which came against his former side Manchester United on New Year's Day, 2015.
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