Shawcross: I won't change my tackling style because of Ramsey injury
Published 23:00 04/03/10 By John Cross
Ryan Shawcross last night promised he will never change his style - even after the Aaron Ramsey horror injury.
Stoke defender Shawcross says he will not hesitate to go in hard again in the future despite his tackle leaving Ramsey with an injury which has shocked the whole of football.
Arsenal midfielder Ramsey, 19, will be out for at least six months after suffering a broken right leg at Stoke last Saturday but Shawcross says he wants to make a personal apology.
And Stoke boss Tony Pulis has claimed that more than 300 Arsenal fans have emailed messages of support to Shawcross after the incident.
Shawcross is suspended for Stoke’s next three games after receiving a red card for the horror tackle and was lambasted by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger who claimed the challenge was reckless and “unacceptable.”
Tough centre half Shawcross, 22, said: “What happened in the Arsenal game will not be factor when I next play again for Stoke.
“Whenever I pull on the Stoke shirt I have got to be 100 per cent committed and I have got to be the same as ever. Hopefully, when I am back from the suspension I can do well again.”
Shawcross has already rung and texted Ramsey and the Welsh teenager has accepted his apology, believing the tackle was not malicious.
But just hours after the incident, Shawcross was called up for the England squad for the first time.
England boss Fabio Capello spent 40 minutes on the phone with Shawcross on Saturday night to check he was mentally ready for the meet-up.
Despite not getting onto the pitch against Egypt, Shawcross says the call-up came as a welcome relief after being caught in the eye of the storm this week and says he has received overwhelming support.
Shawcross said: “It’s been a fantastic experience. I had a tough weekend, but to come and join such a great team is absolutely fantastic. Just to have been involved with the squad has been great.
“I am just delighted to have been involved and, hopefully, I can get back in the England squad again.
“All the England players have been fantastic about what happened with Aaron Ramsey. They’ve got my mind on football really, nothing else. I’ve enjoyed their company and it’s been a good experience.
“It’s been a tough week, everyone knows about that but being in the England squad has been fantastic and all I can do now is look forward and try to keep my place.
“Being called up to England has definitely helped me put what happened against Arsenal behind me, it’s been a great experience.
“The Stoke fans and a lot of people me have been fantastic. It’s been a tough week, but I’ve enjoyed myself.”
Shawcross says, despite not getting a chance against Egypt, he has not given up on forcing his way into England’s World Cup squad, especially with so many defensive injuries and admits Stoke face a hard FA Cup tie at Chelsea on Sunday.
Shawcross added: “You never know whether I can still make the World Cup. There are a lot of good players, but hopefully I can do well in the next couple of weeks and months. Fabio has just told me I need to keep on improving.
“It will be a tough game for the lads at Chelsea because they have got some great players, but we have always got a chance and we enjoy playing against the big teams.”
Stoke boss Pulis also confirmed that, as revealed in Mirror Sport, that Shawcross has been in touch with Ramsey and also says that Arsenal supporters have been a surprising source of support.
Gunners boss Wenger was damning about Shawcross’s tackle - calling it “unacceptable“ - but Pulis praised the “fantastic“ show of support from Arsenal fans.
Pulis added: “Both myself and Ryan have been in touch with Aaron but we’ll leave him now and let him get on with it.
“We will be in touch in the future and I am sure Ryan would love to see Aaron as well.
“What was said will remain private but I will say that Ryan has had nigh on 300 emails from Arsenal supporters sympathising with him and his reaction coming off the pitch.
“I think that’s absolutely fantastic when people get slaughtered at times. The attitude of the Arsenal supporters has been brilliant.”