Chris Hughton - Norwich City keeper John Ruddy must fight for his England World Cup place
Chris Hughton is urging Norwich City keeper John Ruddy not to let his standards drop to clinch a World Cup place with England.
Ruddy has kept an impressive 10 clean sheets for his club this season in the Premier League. but was again an unused substitute for his country during England’s 1-0 midweek friendly win over Denmark.
The 27-year-old has one senior cap to his name and is locked in a battle with the likes of Ben Foster, Jack Butland and Fraser Forster to make the final cut for Brazil behind first choice Joe Hart. Hodgson selected a 30-man squad for the latest Wembley test against the Danes and Hughton is confident Ruddy will take nothing for granted.
“I don’t know if John has done enough. The only one who knows that is the manager,” said Hughton. “All John can do is try to continue to put in the best performances he can until the end of the season. John’s situation is no different to a lot of players in that England squad, if you look at how many were included in the latest squad you can tell the competition is fierce. John is in the same boat as a lot of players.
“As a club manager the opportunity for your players to go to major tournaments is something you always want them to experience.
“We’re delighted with those statistics on the clean sheets and they are the type of stats you can enjoy a touch more. We have conceded a lot of goals in one or two of our away league games and that has very much affected our goal difference and really that shows we have found it difficult get those consistent levels.”
Hodgson knows he faces some major selection headaches when it comes to naming his final 23-man squad.
“I am making a lot of experiments at the moment, giving people a chance to play who have not been with us very often,” he told the FA’s official site. “It is going to mean headaches for me, but I think it is good news for England that we have so many players who are looking good.”