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Stoke City manager Mark Hughes believes Ryan Shawcross can still claim a World Cup berth next year.

Last Updated: 12/08/13 at 15:35 Post Comment

Ryan Shawcross: Stoke defender still holds England ambitions

Ryan Shawcross: Stoke defender still holds England ambitions

The Stoke captain has just one England cap to his name, which he earned in November's 4-2 friendly defeat in Sweden, but his manager insists he can earn many more.

"First and foremost, and he will tell you the same, his priority is to be a success here and do well," said Hughes.

"But I have had conversations with him and the England situation is one he feels he can be a part of again.

"If he has a good season with us, and it is World Cup year, who knows? He is certainly capable of playing international level.

"He is enjoying having more responsibility in possession. And having more possession gives you a rest so that when he has to defend he can be more dynamic."

City continued their pre-season with a 0-0 draw against Genoa and Hughes told The Sentinel: "I was pleased with what we produced.

"Certainly in the first half we had a real measure of the game and looked good in possession.

"There were a number of situations where we could quicken the pace and look threatening. The only thing missing was the goals.

"There were good periods where we were patient in our build-up, then quickened it up to try to move the opposition around and dictate ourselves on them."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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