Ryan James Shawcross /ˈʃɔːkrɒs/ (born 4 October 1987) is an English professional footballer who plays as a defender for Stoke City.
Shawcross began his career with Manchester United and made his debut for the club against Crewe Alexandra in the Football League Cup; he then spent time on loan at Belgian feeder club Royal Antwerp. He joined Stoke City on loan in August 2007 and made an instant impact scoring on his debut against Cardiff City. His good form prompted Stoke to pay Manchester United £1 million in January 2008 to keep him at the Britannia Stadium. He formed a good defensive partnership with Leon Cort as Stoke gained promotion to the Premier League for the first time, ending 23 years away from the top flight.
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