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Beckham and Gerrard lift Shawcross's spirits over Ramsey horror tackle

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05 Mar 2010 01:02:11

Beckham and Gerrard lift Shawcross's spirits over Ramsey horror tackle

Ryan Shawcross is still waiting to hear whether Aaron Ramsey will meet him toaccept a personal apology for the challenge that snapped the Arsenalmidfielder's right leg in two places. Stoke boss Tony Pulis revealed yesterday that Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard and David Beckham have all rallied around Shawcross during the defender's first week on England duty. Horror tackle: Ryan Shawcross insists he won't change despite injuring Ramsey Pulis also said his player has received 300 messages of support from Arsenal fans, who saw Shawcross leave the field in tears after being sent off for the challenge on Ramsey in Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash at the Britannia Stadium. Whether Ramsey, 19, will be prepared to forgive is unclear. Although Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said yesterday that the injury is not career-threatening, and the general consensus is that Shawcross did not act maliciously, Ramsey still faces eight months out.  Do it for Aaron Ramsey - Arsene Wenger urges Arsenal to win title for stricken midfielderRamsey horror tackle won't change me, says fully committed ShawcrossChelsea fear facing Stoke barrage without crocked defender Carvalho  Shawcross has spoken to the Wales midfielder since the incident and sent several texts. He wants to visit him, but Pulis admitted the final decision will rest with Ramsey and his family. 'Both myself and Ryan have been in touch with Aaron but we'll leave himnow and let him get on with it,' said Pulis. 'The conversation remainsprivate but we will be in touch in the future. I'm sure Ryan would love to see Aaron but we respect that over next couple of weeks he's in plaster and everything else. 'Ryan will see him when Aaron is ready. That's the important thing and that will be determined by the kid and his family. We'll respect his privacy.' Asked if Ramsey had accepted an apology from Shawcross, Pulis said: 'You're better off asking the kid that. It was a dreadful accident and you know how much the kid has to suffer over the next few months of not being able to play and be part of it. 'But 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. Worlds apart: Unused substitute Shawcross sits on England bench at Wembley as Wales players pay tribute to injured Ramsey in Swansea on Wednesday night 'The attitude of the Arsenal supporters has been brilliant. And the England players have been fantastic. Steven Gerrard, apparently, has been exceptional and, as captain, has really looked after him. 'People like Wayne Rooney and David Beckham have been brilliant, and Shawcross will be the first to say how much help he's had from the players. 'They are human beings and they know he is new to the squad, irrespective of what happened on Saturday, and that he will need some help.' Ramsey's Arsenal team-mate Theo Walcott joined Shawcross in the Englandsquad for Wednesday's game against Egypt and admitted the subject hadbeen raised. 'He's apologised,' said Walcott. 'He's a very humble lad and obviously he knows what's happened and feels very bad. There are no hard feelings. He's not a player to do those sorts of tackles.' Shawcross believes the sympathy and understanding from within the England squad have helped him overcome his trauma. He said: 'It's been a tough week but all the England players have been fantastic about what happened with Aaron Ramsey. They've got my mind on football really, nothing else. 'Being called up to England has definitely helped me put what happened against Arsenal behind me. Whenever I pull on the Stoke shirt, I have got to be the same as ever - 100 per cent committed.' Wenger said: 'The good news is the surgery went well and it is not a career-threatening injury.'  Do it for Aaron Ramsey - Arsene Wenger urges Arsenal to win title for stricken midfielderRamsey horror tackle won't change me, says fully committed ShawcrossChelsea fear facing Stoke barrage without crocked defender Carvalho


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