Tony Pulis and Peter Coates delighted to see Ryan Shawcross earn England call-up
Stoke boss Tony Pulis and chairman Peter Coates have spoken of their pride at seeing Ryan Shawcross selected by England.
Last Updated: 04/10/12 4:50pm
The commanding centre-half has seen his consistency over recent years rewarded with a place in Roy Hodgson's plans for a 2014 World Cup qualifying double-header against San Marino and Poland.
Shawcross has previously represented England at U21 level, but has been forced to be patient in his pursuit of senior recognition.
The 25-year-old recently snubbed the advances of Wales boss Chris Coleman in the hope of forcing his way into Hodgson's thoughts, and his efforts have now been rewarded - much to the delight of those who have helped to mould him into the player he is today.
"We are delighted as a football club and as a city to get someone who is going to represent their country, especially England," Pulis told Sky Sports News HD.
"I think it is the first time in a long time that we've got someone who is going to be part of a proper game, not a friendly. For Ryan to get selected is absolutely brilliant."
Coates, who sanctioned the purchase of Shawcross from Manchester United in 2008, is equally as pleased for the man currently charged with the responsibility of captaining Stoke.
He said: "We took him as a young player from Manchester United. Tony liked him and has developed him, so he deserves great credit for taking his career forward.
"Ryan is a really nice young man, with a young family and he is a great credit to his family and the football club. We couldn't be more pleased."