Shawcross and Turner blow for Coleman

South Wales Argus: NO THANKS: Ryan Shawcross NO THANKS: Ryan Shawcross

Ryan Shawcross has turned down the chance to play for Wales and has pledged his allegiance to England, manager Chris Coleman has revealed.

Shawcross has emerged as one of the most promising English centre-backs in the Barclays Premier League in recent years.

The 24-year-old, who was born in Chester, qualifies for Wales having spent five years of compulsory education in the country.

Coleman was looking to recruit the Stoke centre-back to boost Wales' chances of qualifying for Brazil 2014, but the defender has his heart set on wearing the Three Lions of England instead.

"I went up to Stoke City this week and I spoke to Ryan," the Wales manager said.

“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."

The news that Shawcross has snubbed Wales will come as a relief to many, as his call-up to the Welsh team could have caused conflict within the camp because of the history between himself and Aaron Ramsey.

Ramsey's leg was broken in six places in 2010 after a tackle by Shawcross, and even though the Stoke man apologised, the Arsenal midfielder's attitude towards the defender's possible inclusion in the national set-up was lukewarm at best.

Shawcross is not the only person to recently turn down the offer of playing for Wales in the country's World Cup qualifying campaign.

Coleman approached Cardiff defender Ben Turner, who qualifies to play for Wales through his grandmother, but he also wants to pursue his dream of playing for England.

"Ben also sees himself as English," said Coleman, who was speaking at the Vauxhall Road to Brazil 2014 media conference in London.

"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.

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

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6:25pm Fri 24 Aug 12

Realist UK says...

Place of birth is the only criteria which should determine which Country you qualify to represent in any sport. Allowing sports people to have a choice is a disrespectful act toward his true Nationality and fellow Countrymen.
Place of birth is the only criteria which should determine which Country you qualify to represent in any sport. Allowing sports people to have a choice is a disrespectful act toward his true Nationality and fellow Countrymen. Realist UK

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