Begovic backs Shawcross for England call-up

The shot-stopper is convinced that the defender should be part of Roy Hodgson's travelling party, even joking that he wished the 26-year-old was Bosnian
Asmir Begovic has backed Stoke City captain Ryan Shawcross to force his way into the England squad for this summer's World Cup in Brazil.

With Hodgson ruling out a return for John Terry to the international setup, Begovic believes the coach should give Shawcross the chance to impress.

"I've been beating the drum for Ryan for a while," the Bosnian told the Stoke Sentinel. "I get to train with him and play with him every week and see what kind of quality player he is.

"I don't think he would ever let England down. It's important to have leaders and he's been our captain for a number of years. It's someone they need to look at and make a decision.

"There's no doubt you do get overlooked if you're not playing for one of the [title-chasing] clubs.

"I wish he was Bosnian! He's a great player, and I'm sure he will get his international chance soon."

Shawcross' solitary England cap came in a 4-2 friendly defeat against Sweden in November 2012 and he has not been part of a squad since.