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Begovic calls for Shawcross to replace Terry

26 September 2012 19:11

Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has backed his team-mate Ryan Shawcross to replace John Terry in the England national team.

Chelsea centre-back Terry announced his retirement earlier this week, leaving England manager Roy Hodgson looking for alternatives in his defence.

Stoke defender Robert Huth also called for an England call for Shawcross on Twitter earlier in the week.

"There is no-one better to fill that void now," Begovic told The Stoke Sentinel.

"Ryan has been a captain at our club for a long time and that speaks volumes for his leadership qualities.

"Hopefully, he will get a bit more consideration now and he will become a regular in the England squad."

Begovic heaped praise on Shawcross' rugged, no-nonsense defensive capabilities, which have previously drawn comparisons with Terry.

"First and foremost Ryan is a quality defender and I think that is what some people tend to get away from these days," Begovic said.

"Defenders are there to defend and help protect the goal. He does that very well and I think he is adding a bit more quality and composure on the ball.

"He is adding to his game all the time which is making him a better player. But he is never going to let you down, and he is a good leader as well.

"England couldn't do too much wrong by picking Ryan."

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