December 13 2013 Latest news:
Monday, October 7, 2013
Due to Roy Hodgson’s public backing of Joe Hart, it seems extremely unlikely John Ruddy will get a cap for England over the forthcoming – and supremely important – World Cup qualifiers over the coming fortnight. And just for the record, the Norwich City goalkeeper is pretty sure a cap wouldn’t have helped on Sunday either.
Left looking into the low autumn sun for the first half against Chelsea after John Terry won a strangely useful coin toss, Ruddy had a pretty tough time of it.
“I don’t think a cap wouldn’t have made a difference, no,” he smiled, after a couple of hairy first-half incidents. “The first one I just misjudged the ball slightly. I thought it was coming deeper than it did and it got lost in the sun.
“The second one I don’t even know where it went. I was looking, I had it the whole way, then it crossed with the sun and that was it, it was gone. So it wasn’t easy today and the lads at the back were saying the same thing. Going up for headers you were hoping it hits you because the way the sun was, it was a nightmare.”
Not that the sun could be blamed for Alex Tettey and Ruddy’s contribution to Eden Hazard’s crucial strike just five minutes from time that ultimately decided a pulsating contest.
“I haven’t watched it back – I can’t really remember what’s happened before it,” added Ruddy. “Alex tried to control it and Hazard’s just nipped in and stolen it off him. He’s had the whole goal to aim at and put it in the most awkward position for a keeper.
“I’m obviously disappointed to concede a goal, but it would’ve been a very good save if I’d have been able to get down to it. Looking back I probably would’ve gone with the leg, but these are split-second decisions you have to make and with the power he put on it, it’s always going to be difficult to stop it.”
Of course, it was Chelsea who spent much of the summer trying to sign the City number one, who added: “I’ve said before I was flattered by the interest, but it got put out very early on in pre-season – so that never entered my mind.”
Ruddy certainly felt City deserved more than to be overturned in the final minutes of their Premier League defeat.
“I think we would’ve been disappointed to come away with a draw, let alone a defeat,” admitted Ruddy. “So it’s a bitterly disappointed changing room, but there are a lot of positives to take from a fantastic performance.
“Hazard, Eto’o and Willian (all came on as substitutes) – that’s the depth and strength of their squad. That’s what you’re up against in this league and the top teams.
“But we more than matched them for long periods of the game, up until 85 minutes we more than matched them. We could’ve dropped our heads after three minutes, but we never did. We kept on going and gave them a good game.”