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Published : 14 Oct 2009 01:19:25
Stoke City's £9m-rated defender Ryan Shawcross is available to play for Wales thanks to a change in the eligibility rules. FIFA's executive committee has ratified a proposal from the home nations to change the criteria of which country British players can represent. Players with five years of compulsory education in the specified country are now eligible to represent that nation. The new FIFA rule would have meant England striker Michael Owen could have chosen to represent Wales while former Wales captain Ryan Giggs could have played for England. Former Manchester United trainee and Welsh schoolboys international Shawcross was raised in Buckley in Flintshire but was born in Chester. Yet he has won two caps for England U21s.