Ryan Shawcross admits that his leg-breaking challenge on Aaron Ramsey affected his public persona but says nobody should feel sorry for him.
The Stoke defender spoke to the Daily Telegraph in a rare interview and is clearly upset that one tackle has defined his career.
“It probably affected my persona in public,” said Shawcross. “You seem to get labelled quickly and it sticks sometimes. It was an accident and it wasn’t me who had the broken leg. So no-one should feel sorry for me.
“There are lots of columns written about me, for some reason, and it’s never about how well I’m playing and usually it’s about me kicking people or how I play. I would never say I was the cleanest player but my disciplinary record is not too bad.
“It didn’t make me change my game but with experience you change. The older I’ve got the more I’ve realised that if you use your head more you don’t have to make rash tackles. With experience comes knowledge of the game and how not to get into those situations.”