Pulis 'proud as punch' after Shawcross' England debut

The Stoke boss sees the call-up as "a great fillip" for the club and player alike, but believes Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson should have played the defender from kick-off

Stoke manager Tony Pulis is "proud as punch" that Ryan Shawcross was handed his England debut against Sweden on Wednesday night.

The centre-back came on for the Three Lions after 73 minutes, shortly before Zlatan Ibrahimovic led his country to a 4-2 victory after being 2-1 down.

But, Pulis sees Shawcross’ first England cap as a great source of pride for both the player and Stoke as a club regardless of the full-time result.

"We are absolutely proud as punch that we have a player representing England,” Pulis told reporters.

"There hasn't been one at this club for a long time. It's a great fillip for everyone around the football club, and another feather in the cap for the club.

"He sat on the bench for around 75 minutes and he is such a big lad, to get him to get on, get going and get into it was a big ask.

"But he enjoyed it, he has got his cap and England shirt and he will always treasure that. We hope he has learned from the experience.”

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However, the Potters boss revealed his disappointment that Shawcross was not picked in Roy Hodgson’s starting XI and blamed Ibrahimovic's second goal – for which the defender was directly at fault – on the the player's rustiness from the bench.

"I was disappointed he never started if I'm honest - I think he deserved to start.

"Roy picks the team, and I am going to be biased. He has played [Steven] Caulker and I think he is going to be a very good player, but I just thought Ryan might have got the nod.

"He was disappointed with the goal - I think he'll be the first to hold his hands up on that one. But he looked a little bit frozen when he came on - not mentally, but just a bit stiff.

"They should have been warming him up for 30 minutes before they brought him on."