Former Premier League ace: Ryan Shawcross should have won more England caps

Now, all these years later, it is hard to imagine a Stoke backline without him at the heart of it.

But Shawcross believes he will not get a chance to pull on an England jersey again until current boss Hodgson departs.

His only appearance for his country to date came as a substitute against Sweden back in November 2012, when he endured a torrid 16 minutes against Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The Stoke skipper, who is battling to be fit to start against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool today, said: “I have been playing well for the last three or four years and I don’t seem to be getting in, so I can’t see it changing unless the manager changes.

“Either he doesn’t think I’m up to it or the lads he’s picking are better than me. Is that unfair? Yes – but it’s a ruthless game.”

Stoke boss Mark Hughes said: “He deserves another chance but his way to the team seems blocked.”

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