Stoke captain Shawcross eyes England recall

The Potters defender says that he has not given up hope of claiming a place in Roy Hodgson's squad for the World Cup in Brazil next summer, having played only once in 2012
Stoke City captain Ryan Shawcross hopes that his international prospects can be enhanced by the club's change of style under Mark Hughes.

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Renowned for their direct play under former manager Tony Pulis, the Potters have placed a greater emphasis on retaining possession following Hughes's appointment in the close-season.

Shawcross gained his first England cap against Sweden in November 2012 but has not been selected in a national squad this season.

However, the 26-year-old is still optimistic that he can attract the attention of England boss Roy Hodgson once again.

"Mark is giving me opportunities to develop as a ball-playing central defender," Shawcross told the press.

"In terms of my international ambitions, I think that can only help me."

Shawcross is next in action when Stoke take on Hull City on Saturday evening in the Premier League.