Coleman considers Shawcross call

Chris Coleman set to ask Ryan Shawcross (pictured) to make himself available for Wales

Chris Coleman set to ask Ryan Shawcross (pictured) to make himself available for Wales

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Chris Coleman would consult captain Aaron Ramsey before approaching Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross to play for Wales.

Arsenal midfielder Ramsey broke his leg in six places in 2010 after a tackle by Shawcross, and ignored the centre-half's initial attempts to apologise. Shawcross qualifies for Wales because he spent five years of compulsory education in the principality.

Quoted in The Sun, Coleman said: "Ryan is a good player who could strengthen us. I will have a conversation with Aaron because he's somebody I respect a great deal, he's our captain and an important player. I won't shy away from it because there are issues."

The 24-year-old previously stated he only had ambitions to represent England, having been approached by former Wales boss Gary Speed. But after he missed out on Roy Hodgson's Euro 2012 squad, current manager Coleman is prepared to ask Shawcross to make himself available for Wales.

Shawcross had said in July 2011: "I have not considered Wales.

"Obviously he (Speed) wants me to play for Wales, but I made a decision and I am going to stick with it.

"Hopefully I can prove I am good enough to get into the England team."

Coleman is also hoping Cardiff defender Ben Turner and Swansea full-back Angel Rangel will choose to represent Wales as they prepare for the upcoming World Cup qualifying campaign.


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