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Peter Crouch delighted for Ryan Shawcross after call up to the England squad

Ryan Shawcross: Stoke defender has earned the praise of team-mate Peter Crouch

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Stoke striker Peter Crouch has revealed his delight for defender Ryan Shawcross after he was called up to the latest England squad.

Crouch, who was again snubbed by manager Roy Hodgson after rejected the opportunity to be on stand-by for Euro 2012, contained his own disappointment to acknowledge his Potters team-mate.

Shawcross was included in Hodgson's 23-man squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against San Marino at Wembley on Friday, before a testing away clash in Poland next Tuesday.

The 25-year-old skipper is hoping to become the first Stoke player to win an England cap since Mark Chamberlain in 1984.

"Everyone here is buzzing for Ryan," Crouch told The Sentinel. "People have been talking about him for England for a number of years now; he has been so consistent.

"He and Robert Huth at the back have been first class for us and I think it was only a matter of time before Ryan got in there.

"Hopefully he will get a chance because if he does he won't let anyone down.

"I have played with him for a couple of seasons now, and he has all the attributes to be a top defender.

"He is strong, good in the air, reads the game well and his distribution is good."

Crouch, who has scored 22 goals in 42 games for his country, says he is happy to remain patient despite talk of an international recall.

He added: "I will just enjoy playing for Stoke. I am loving it at the minute.

"I will continue to do as well as I can for Stoke, and if anything else happens then great."