Coleman aims to resolve Shawcross issue

11 August 2012 01:47

Wales boss Chris Coleman admits 'there is an issue' over bringing Ryan Shawcross into the national squad, despite positive talks with captain Aaron Ramsey.

The Arsenal midfielder broke his leg in six places after a challenge by Shawcross in February 2010, and Ramsey ignored the defender's initial attempts to apologise.

Coleman has spoken to Ramsey about the possibility of Shawcross playing for Wales, and he said: "I had a conversation with Aaron when I was in Cardiff and it was very positive, but there is an issue there. The point is to play football and be successful, you don't have to be best mates."

Coleman has openly admitted his interest in recruiting Stoke defender Shawcross to represent Wales. The 24-year-old was born in Chester but is believed to qualify for Wales having spent five years of compulsory education in the principality.

Shawcross has always insisted he wants to represent England, but he has fallen out of contention over the last 18 months.

Coleman will consult Stoke manager Tony Pulis about approaching Shawcross.

"We haven't decided anything, I still haven't spoken to Ryan or Tony yet but I will do," he said.

"If it's going to make us better then I will do it. I've got to be respectful of Tony. We've got Bosnia this week so it won't be before then, but I will after that."

Coleman also confirmed his intention to include Cardiff defender Ben Turner in his squad in the future.

Turner, who qualifies for Wales through his grandmother, is not in the squad for Wednesday's friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina, but Coleman is an admirer of the player having worked with him at Coventry.

Source: PA

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