"It's great news for Ryan and for the football club and we are all very proud."
Celtic stopper Fraser Forster is the other new face, while there is a recall for Aaron Lennon.
The full squad for the upcoming games against San Marino and Poland is as follows:
Fraser Forster (Celtic), Joe Hart (Manchester City), John Ruddy (Norwich); Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Joleon Lescott (Manchester City), Ryan Shawcross (Stoke), Kyle Walker (Tottenham); Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Adam Johnson (Sunderland), Aaron Lennon (Tottenham), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Theo Walcott (Arsenal); Andy Carroll (West Ham), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United
But how did fans on Twitter react to Shawcross' inclusion?
@loyalwolves: impressed that Woy has picked Shawcross, he's a good defender and it's nice to see an England manager not just going for the top 4 players
@mozzaascfc: Only people who are saying Shawcross is not good enough have not watched him play since last season; no player deserves it more than Ryan!
@theryanluke: Replacing John Terry with Ryan Shawcross is like replacing Cristiano Ronaldo with Emile Heskey.
@dodgydave90: Ryan Shawcross in the england squad ? this means 1 thing Roy Hodgson plays football manager !
@ollie_davis: Ryan Shawcross thoroughly deserves his England call up. The England squad looks a lot nicer without John Terry too.
@glosterbirder: What's going on Woy? Calling up Ryan Legbreaker Shawcross and Aaron No Final Ball Lennon for England
@samellard88: Delighted to hear Ryan Shawcross is in the
@El_barra_: Shawcross selected for the England squad, as much as I dislike him for breaking Ramsey's leg, I know he is a quality player with potential
@danny_pnefc: Shawcross deserves his place in the England side. Just because he doesn't play for a "big club" doesn't mean he's not worthy of a call-up.
@de_rama23: Ryan Shawcross in the England squad? Roy Hodgson is smoking...
@wayne_adams: Excellent news for shawcross, I may start actually watching England games again now!!!
@carlrecine: About bloody time that Shawcross got into that squad again. Crouch with 4 in 4 still can't though
@ally__mack: Also nice to see Big Woy rates Lescott n no cap Shawcross higher than
@rioferdy5 , can't be far off retirement surely .....
What do you think? Does Shawcross deserve his opportunity?
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