Shawcross sayshe won't alter all-action style

STOKE City defender Ryan Shawcross has sent text messages of support to Aaron Ramsey after breaking the Arsenal youngster's leg – but he insists the horrific injury will not lead to him changing his style.

Shawcross inflicted the broken leg on Ramsey at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday and admits his first call-up to the England squad, for the friendly victory against Egypt on Wednesday, has helped keep his mind off the matter.

But the 22-year-old said: "What happened in the Arsenal game will not be a factor when I next play again for Stoke. Whenever I pull on the Stoke shirt I have got to be 100 per cent committed and I have got to be the same as ever. Hopefully, when I am back from the suspension I can do well again."

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Arsenal winger Theo Walcott is among those who have acknowledged that Shawcross did not try to deliberately hurt 19-year-old Ramsey.

"He's sent a few text messages to Aaron. I'll let them get on with it," Walcott said.

"He spoke to me, he's a very humble lad. Obviously he knows what's happened and feels very bad. He's apologised. He's not a player to do those sort of tackles. He'll put his head down and work very hard for club and country."