Chris Hughton makes international plea over his Norwich City stars

Norwich City duo John Ruddy and Nathan Redmond are both on England duty next week along with a host of Canaries' team mates. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City duo John Ruddy and Nathan Redmond are both on England duty next week along with a host of Canaries' team mates. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Friday, February 28, 2014
9:20 AM

Chris Hughton aims to be at his persuasive best to protect his international stars ahead of Norwich City’s crucial Premier League finale.

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The Canaries’ boss admits next week’s latest round of friendlies could not come at a worse time, with up to 11 of his squad potentially linking up with their respective countries.

John Ruddy has been named as one of four goalkeepers in a 30-man squad for England’s friendly against Denmark whilst Nathan Redmond is in the Under-21s squad for their European Championship qualifier against Wales.

Nigeria’s Joseph Yobo will head to America to face Mexico, with Scottish trio Robert Snodgrass, Russell Martin and Steven Whittaker departing for Poland. Hughton could also wave goodbye to Alex Tettey in addition to Wes Hoolahan and Anthony Pilkington plus his two Swedish internationals Martin Olsson and Johan Elmander, and is acutely aware of the injury repercussions.

“Particularly at this stage of the season it is really tough,” he said. “Added to that is the fact the games are on the Wednesday this time around. From our point of view the international window had been changed to Tuesday and Friday to accommodate club teams so I am very surprised that has not happened this time. I know the countries may look at it as an important friendly for some building up to World Cups and maybe there is a reason behind the date change.

“Our league game of course is on the Sunday against Villa but Tuesday is a far more ideal option. We do speak to the international managers and we have good relations with them. You have to be very conscious of players’ form and fitness. One thing you would have after every league game at this crucial stage of the season is that you are always going to have some knocks after a game. They need time to recover so, yes, I expect myself and most of the club managers will be on the phone.”

13 comments

  • Time for long standing injuries to emerge I think - that's what Fergie would ensure.

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    shefcanary

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • Whilst on the subject of international football there was an excellent 'fly on the wall' documentary about the formation of the South Sudan soccer team on BBC2 last night. Centered on the manager ,an old boy Serb called Goran who was a tremendous character. Compulsive viewing. In a way soccer's answer to the rock filmdocumentary 'This is Anvil'. Well worth tracking down on the BBC I player for anyone interested.

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    Steely Dan

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • Wish I`d spotted that South Sudan Serbian Soccer Story, Steely. I don`t understand i-Players and stuff, so maybe it`ll come around again on Beeb2 or something?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • Time for long standing injuries to emerge I think - that's what Fergie would ensure.

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    shefcanary

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • Hi Brew As long as you're not on dial up, you just go to the BBC website, and click the link on the right. If you are on a particularly light package, you might not have enough power to make it happen, so to speak, but if you talk to your ISP, just ask them what you need to do, otherwise, you're missing out on quite a bit. And if you think I might be some kind of IT guru, let me assure you I'm not. I can just about be bothered to tweet once a year, I go on facebook at least quarterly, and I am not in the least bit interested in smartphones, unless someone walking down the street has one on the end of their nose, in which case I deliberately walk into them, which is thrillingly easy in the rush hour. Plus you can watch live games, just ask your mates down the pub. Which is it you frequent, by the way?

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • Completely agree bonsey! You don't 'retire' from your country. If you do, there's no way back! As for Ruddy, I thought he was generally excellent on Sunday, but his kicking was absolutely attrocious. I was actually wettng myself with laughter after about the third kick into touch on the spin!

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    Smudger75

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • I'm especially worried about Ruddy, his kicking on Saturday was a bit dodgy and when he took the last goal kick he clutched his groin afterwards as if in pain, fingers crossed he won't play at all.

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    MrCarrowIsInTheHouse

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • just on that point M333 , I dont think ben foster should ever be called up for england ever again. he reitred from international duty and effectively walked out on his country. A world cup comes around and he declares himself available again. Not fair on Ruddy or Forster and theres no way you should retire for your country then come out of retirment and wander back in to the squad. i actually think thats disgusting

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    bonesy

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • I think there is a far more obvious answer to Ruddy's proclaimed kicking problem last Sunday, It was clear to me that he was under instruction to hit all balls towards Snodgrass rather than to RVW who is hopeless at controlling long high passes. When a keeper hits long balls to the centre forward, there is room for a little error, however, when he is kicking to the touchline every time, it is much harder to be point accurate. One thing is for sure, his kicking was far better than I see from Hart most England games.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • With so many internationals in our squad it's hard to come to terms with our league performances and position it's been obvious Hughton does not select players that many pundits consider best but are international managers wrong some of these players warm the bench or don't even make the squad

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    5th generation

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • Surely you mean short-standing injuries, shefcan...

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    billy boy

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • funny how different areas creates different opinion. I thought Ruddy was superb and back to his old self against Spurs. This season he's worried me because the defence has looked anything but solid and as a results hes started dropping crosses etc. I ultimately think it will cost Ruddy a trip to Brazil unless he has an amazing run in. Woy will certainly take Hart & Foster and highly suspect Forster will be the 3rd choice. Hopefully wrong.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • If they are only friendly games the club manager can request they players pull out or only play a specified number of minutes. Obviously the International manager can ignore this but its there should Hughton want to. Then again in people like Ruddys case Hughton likely wouldn't want to upset anyones chances of getting to the world cup etc. (Not that Ruddy will get used anyway by Woy)

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    Mattias333

    Friday, February 28, 2014

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