Neville: Shawcross is an example for kids
England coach Gary Neville has stated that Ryan Shawcross is a model professional and should be an example for young children to follow.
The Stoke defender has a bad reputation after breaking Aaron Ramsey’s leg in a horror challenge in February 2010, but Neville feels that Shawcross is a role model.
“Any kid who has a dream should look at Ryan Shawcross maybe more than people at the highest elements of the game. He is a great story and the fact he is in the England squad this week is something I am proud of,” Neville is quoted as saying in The Daily Mail.
“I remember playing with him when he was 16. He was a raw talent but someone who really wanted to make it. He wanted to use the last ounce of his energy to become a professional footballer.
“He had to leave Manchester United to get his chance. Not giving in and continuing to fight is a huge strength and he has been absolutely fantastic for Stoke.
“He deserves his opportunity this week and I am looking forward to seeing him because he represents the best of attitude, of working hard to get where you want. I am sure he will improve and get better,” he concluded.