Shawcross heads into the Gunners' firing line after breaking Ramsey's leg

01 March 2010 10:13
Stoke City defender Ryan Shawcross will have to walk into Arsenal's training ground on Monday morning less than 48 hours after his red card challenge left Aaron Ramsey with a career-threatening broken leg.

Fabio Capello named Shawcross in his England squad for the first time on Saturday night after watching a video of the tackle, and will tell him to ignore the fact that the national side use Arsenal's London Conley ground ahead of their matches at Wembley.

Shawcross will receive with the backing of Capello but the defender was severely criticised by Arsene Wenger after his tackle on 19-year-old Ramsey.

Horror injury: Shawcross was sent off for his tackle on Aaron Ramsey

It is the latest in a series of problems for Capello and his assistants, following the John Terry scandal and injuries to Ashley Cole and Rio Ferdinand.

Yet England staff did not try to contact Shawcross before the squad meeting, which took place at a Hertfordshire hotel last night ahead of Wednesday's friendly against Egypt.

Reports from Stoke have assured them that the 22-year-old is in a suitable state of mind for international duty.

Chelsea's Joe Cole was omitted from the England squad despite being Carlo Ancelotti's starting line-up against Manchester City on Saturday.

Overlooked: Joe Cole (front) is yet to find his form after a long time out with injury

ENGLAND SQUADGoalkeepers: James (Portsmouth), Green (West Ham), Hart (Birmingham).Defenders: Brown (Man Utd), Terry (Chelsea), Upson (West Ham), Lescott (Man City), Shawcross (Stoke), Baines (Everton), Warnock (Villa).Midfielders: Beckham (AC Milan), Walcott (Arsenal), Lampard (Chelsea), Barry (Man City), Gerrard (Liverpool), Carrick (Man Utd), Wright-Phillips (Man City), Downing (Villa), Milner (Villa)Forwards: Heskey (Villa), Defoe (Spurs), Rooney (Man Utd), Crouch (Spurs), Cole (West Ham)

But Capello made his position clear in a press conference he gave on Friday, saying: 'Cole did not play against Inter and it's not a good moment for him. Chelsea prefer Daniel Sturridge at the moment.

'Cole has problems and he's not the player I remember.'

But the message inside the Capello camp last night suggested that Cole, who has not yet found top form after a lengthy injury absence, could return in time for the World Cup if he finishes the season well. 

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