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Ryan Shawcross Turns His Back On Wales For England

Britannia Stadium skipper does not want to play home internationals at the Millennium Stadium.

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Stoke City captain Ryan Shawcross will not turn his back on England and play for Wales, despite pleas from Gary Speed to do so.

The Chester-born 23-year-old played in Welsh schoolboy sides having been raised in Flintshire.

But after he left education there was no provision for him to continue in that national set-up.

Fifa changed the rules in 2009 to allow anyone with five years of compulsory education in the specified country to be eligible to represent that nation.

But by then the centre-back had already made his mind up about playing for England.

He has yet to represent his country despite being named in Fabio Capello’s squads but he remains determined to make the breakthrough.

“I’ve not considered Wales. I have spoken to Gary Speed a couple of times and made my plans clear,” Shawcross told BBC Sport.

“He is a very good, young manager and I have a lot of respect for him.

“But I made my decision a long time ago when the current rule wasn’t in place that I could play for Wales.

“Obviously he wants me to play for Wales but I made a decision and I’m going to stick with it.

“Hopefully I can prove I am good enough to get into the England team.

“I’m not at the moment so I don’t think I’m too wanted there.

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