Ryan Shawcross

Stoke City 2-0 Watford: Longtime Potters lead win

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  • Shawcross scores before half
  • Crouch just after it
  • Watford down to 14th

Watford’s mid-table run has turned into a relegation battle after Tuesday’s 2-0 loss at Stoke City left the Hornets with one point from their last five PL matches.

Stoke City had a run of nearly 40 goals without a British player scoring, and it’s three on the bounce after Ryan Shawcross and Peter Crouch tallied for the Potters.

The Britannia Stadium saw Stoke rise to 11th with 24 points, two points ahead of the Hornets.

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Watford entered the game in a bad place, and it only got worse for Walter Mazzarri‘s crew.

Outshot 8-3 by the hosts, the final one of the first half did the trick for Stoke. Shawcross ran onto Charlie Adam‘s stoppage time cross and turned it past a diving Heurelho Gomes. 1-0 at the break.

Crouch continued his bid for a new contract with a goal just after the break. The feed again came from Adam, and only got to Crouch via poor work from the Hornets.

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Stoke’s Shawcross: Zlatan ended my England career in ten minutes

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Ryan Shawcross has earned just one cap for the England national team, coming on as a late substitute in a 2012 match against Sweden with the Three Lions leading 2-1.

In the 15 minutes that Shawcross played at center-back, Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored three goals as Sweden went on to win 4-2.

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You may remember that match, as Zlatan completed his hat-trick with that ridiculous 30-yard bicycle kick.

Shawcross has not been called into the national side since, despite delivering consistent performances as the captain of Stoke City.

Speaking to The Telegraphthe 28-year-old said he still gets reminded about the day Zlatan ended his England career.

I’m the butt of the joke in my family, just because the 10 minutes I had in international football was ruined by one man.

They are consistently saying that Zlatan ruined my career! I had a chance and I don’t think many other defenders have stopped him.

I was given 10 minutes to show what I could do and probably didn’t provide a good enough performance. I was against one of the best strikers in the world who was on a hot streak at the time and these things happen.

I’ve been playing well for the last three or four years and I don’t seem to be getting in so I can’t see it changing in the future unless the manager changes.

Potters’ boss Mark Hughes has been a vocal supporter of his captain, believing Shawcross should be a regular in Roy Hodgson’s England side.

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Shawcross has been a stalwart on the Stoke back-line for nearly ten years now, one of the key reasons the Potters are currently pushing for a spot in Europe. If Zlatan does end up in the Premier League next season, he may finally have his shot at revenge…

Stoke defense takes month-long hit with Shawcross back injury

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Stoke City fell 3-0 to Leicester City on the weekend, and will have to fix that leaky defense without its captain.

Center back Ryan Shawcross has another back injury and is expected to miss close to a month. He was forced off in the 30th minute at King Power Stadium with the score still 0-0.

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The Potters have been without mainstay Geoff Cameron thanks to an ankle injury, and Shawcross’ absence makes the USMNT man’s return even more critical.

From the BBC:

“It is not a recurrence of the injury which required surgery so that is a positive,” said Stoke boss Mark Hughes.

“Unfortunately, the negative is that he has soft muscle damage and at the moment it is looking like it will probably be three to four weeks I would think.”

Stoke has allowed the sixth-fewest goals in the Premier League this season, and Shawcross has complemented Erik Pieters, Philipp Wollscheid and Glen Johnson well. Marc Muniesa and Marc Wilson could see increased playing time in Shawcross’ absence.

Shawcross given year’s supply of deodorant after Costa’s smelly jab

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Ryan Shawcross held down Diego Costa, and cameras caught the audacious Chelsea striker telling the Stoke defender a thing or two about his body odor, and how it wasn’t ideal.

Shawcross’ wife took to Twitter to show troll Costa with a bit of B.O. backlash, and a savvy marketing move had us smirking on Wednesday.

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At a BBC Radio event in Stoke on Wednesday, a deodorant company took support of Shawcross to another level.

They gave him a year’s supply.

Ryan Shawcross expertly trolls Diego Costa after Stoke win over Chelsea

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Everyone’s taking shots at Chelsea these days, both on and off the field.

Stoke City defeated Chelsea 1-0 on Saturday, and that gave the Stoke players an opportunity to poke fun at their most recent opponents. But only after being provoked.

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Diego Costa, king of the on-field antics and always finding himself in the middle of controversy and confrontation, decided he didn’t like how Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross smelled. So the striker told him. Visibly.

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Well, who better to get Shawcross to improve his hygene than the 28-year-old’s wife? Don’t worry Diego, she took care of things. The Blues won’t have to deal with any more olfactory dissatisfaction from this source anymore.

Brilliant.