Pulis offers Shawcross support

Potters boss expects centre-half to become an England regular

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Tony Pulis has backed Ryan Shawcross to earn international recognition in the not too distant future.

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The Stoke centre-half received a first call-up to the England squad last season, having put in a number of commanding displays for his club.

He is yet to make his bow at that level, though, and was left out of Fabio Capello's squad for Wednesday's friendly date with Hungary.

It is believed to be only a matter of time before he does become a mainstay in the national side, and Pulis believes Shawcross could one day go on to captain his country.

"Ryan had a couple of injuries at the end of last season which pushed him back a bit," Pulis told The Sentinel.

"But he will play for England and could one day captain England.

"He's quick and got good feet - and he's a good footballer as well."

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Although Pulis is hoping Shawcross will soon receive the credit he deserves, he is delighted to have seen him left out of what he believes is a poorly-timed contest just a few days before the start of the new Premier League campaign.

"I don't want any of my players going away," Pulis said.

"I think it's a joke there's an international game before the season starts.

"I think all clubs should get together. If they want to play friendlies then they should pay the players' wages."