Mark Hughes, the manager of Stoke City, reckons one of his players; Ryan Shawcross deserves another crack at the international level.
Shawcross had one of the unluckiest international debuts of all time. In his very first game for the Three Lions, he was up against an offensive line which had Zlatan Ibrahimovic in it.
Ibrahimovic succeeded in getting the young man under the pressure of the occasion and made him commit silly mistakes.
Shawcross’ mistakes there in Stockholm cost the Three Lions two goals and the game which was looking like going to be a draw ended in the form of Sweden’s win.
And, Shawcross is finding himself away from the thick of things ever since.
His consistency in the first division has been getting overlooked continuously and the defender even hinted in one of his interviews lately that he has almost given up on a recall anytime soon.
According to Hughes, the England management has been a little harsh on Shawcross.
Speaking about the 27-year old, Hughes said, “You have to feel for Ryan a little bit. He is a far better player than he looked at his debut. The nervousness of the first game, all the pressure and of course, he had a great player taking him on there on the pitch, all those things told on him.”
“He should be taken back into frame again. He has gained a fair bit of experience over the last couple of seasons and England is only going to be benefitted with him there in the backline.”
“He was not in contention for this recent squad because of injury, but, once he is fit, he should be thought about. I would be really surprised if he doesn’t get that recall somewhere down the line.”