Stoke City's Jon Walters: Ryan Shawcross deserves England call-up

The forward has praised his captain after a solid defensive display saw the Potters beat Liverpool 1-0, and says he could make the step up to international level
Jon Walters has called for the inclusion of Ryan Shawcross in the England squad after his impressive performance in Stoke City’s 1-0 victory at home to Liverpool.

The Republic of Ireland international won a penalty after going down under a Jamie Carragher challenge after 21 minutes, scoring the only goal of the game from the resulting spot kick.

Stoke went on to see out a 1-0 win with Shawcross at the heart of a solid defensive display, and Walters has reserved special praise for the centre-back, who is yet to win his first cap for England.

Walters was quoted as saying by Sky Sports: "How Ryan's not getting called into the England squad I don't know. He played against [Luis] Suarez and Andy Carroll and coped with everything they threw at him.

"The spirit within the camp is first class, we're all there for each other.

"We've won six and drawn two and it's been first class all the way through and yesterday epitomised us in the way we defended.

"We put bodies on the line and there was some great defending to keep a clean sheet.

"That is what we are all about and the new boys who have come in have taken that on board and carried it through."

The 27-year-old forward missed from the spot at Norwich in August, but made no mistake against Liverpool by firing down the middle past Pepe Reina.

Of the penalty, he added: "I said to myself if I win another one I'll get up and take it and there was no putting it in the corner, it was blast it straight down the middle."