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Pulis pride at Shawcross cap

Stoke boss Tony Pulis has spoken of his pride at Ryan Shawcross' England debut, but believes the defender should have started against Sweden.

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Ryan Shawcross after seeing Zlatan Ibrahimovic equalise for Sweden

Ryan Shawcross after seeing Zlatan Ibrahimovic equalise for Sweden

Shawcross replaced Steven Caulker with 17 minutes to go in Wednesday's 4-2 defeat - and was blamed for the second of Zlatan Ibrahimovic's four-goal haul.

Pulis said: "We are absolutely proud as punch that we have a player representing England.

"There hasn't been one at this club for a long time. It's a great fillip for everyone around the football club, and another feather in the cap for the club.

"I was disappointed he never started if I'm honest - I think he deserved to start.

"He was disappointed with the goal - I think he'll be the first to hold his hands up on that one. But he looked a little bit frozen when he came on - not mentally, but just a bit stiff."

Pulis, who takes his team to West Ham on Monday, claimed Shawcross would come out stronger after playing against a world-class player like Ibrahimovic, but admitted: "The lads have been caning him!

"Irrespective of who or what you are, if they think it's right to have a go at you they will, and he has got it in bucketloads today."

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