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Coleman: Shawcross turned down Wales approach

Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross has rejected the chance to play for Wales, national team boss Chris Coleman has revealed.

Coleman was hopeful of convincing the Potters captain to switch allegiances, after he represented England twice at Under-21 level.

But, despite the Chester-born 24-year-old qualifying for Wales due to his schooling in the country, the former Manchester United youth product has set his sights on being capped by the Three Lions.

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"I went up to Stoke City this week and I spoke to Ryan," Coleman told reporters. "I had a good conversation with him and he was very honest - his dream is to play for England.

"He is a good player and we want as many good players available to us as we can so it was disappointing, but I understood his reasons and I really hope he gets his dream of winning an England cap."

Coleman's advances have also been spurned by Cardiff City defender Ben Turner, who has eligibility through his Welsh grandparents.

"I have known him a long time ever since he was a young centre back at Coventry, but there is no further conversation to have there," he added.

"Both avenues have been closed off so we have moved on."