Shawcross won't change game
Ryan Shawcross insists he will not let the furore over his challenge on Aaron Ramsey affect his natural game.
Last Updated: 04/03/10 1:37pm
Ryan Shawcross insists he will not let the furore over his challenge on Aaron Ramsey affect his natural game as he looks to put the incident behind him.
The uncompromising Stoke centre-half has dominated much of the back pages since last weekend following a challenge on Arsenal midfielder Ramsey that left the Welshman with a badly broken leg.
Arsene Wenger was enraged by the tackle, labelling it 'horrendous', while the general reaction to the incident has been mixed.
Shawcross, who received a straight red card at the Britannia Stadium, has been accused by some of being reckless, while others have pointed to the fact Ramsey having already planted his leg into the turf prior to the challenge only exacerbated the situation.
It has proven to be quite the bittersweet week for the 22-year-old as he received his first England call-up immediately after the Arsenal game, although he was an unused substitute against Egypt on Wednesday night.
Shawcross has thanked those who have supported him and vowed to keep playing the game as it comes naturally.
"Hopefully, when I am back from suspension, I can do well again. The fans and a lot of people around me have been fantastic in their support over the past few days," Shawcross told The Sentinel.
He went on to concede linking up with the national side has helped him put the incident to the back of his mind.
"The other players have been fantastic. It has been about football really, nothing else," he said.
"I have enjoyed it thoroughly with England. It has been a tough few days, but all I can do now is look forward and hopefully get back in this squad again.
"I've been called into the squad and there's a lot of good players in it, but hopefully I can do well over the next couple of months and get my chance."