John Ruddy vows to prove his England point with Championship promotion at Norwich City
17:47 06 June 2014
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John Ruddy aims to prove he was worth a place at the World Cup with England – by earning Norwich City promotion from the Championship.
The 27-year-old goalkeeper had been expected to get the call for Brazil from Roy Hodgson, only for the England manager to opt for Fraser Forster and Ben Foster as his Joe Hart deputies.
With City having to fend off interest from Chelsea 12 months ago, some fear Premier League relegation may see Ruddy’s exit before the end of the transfer window.
“I was disappointed to miss out on the World Cup but I’m more determined than ever now to make sure I prove to people why I feel I should have gone, and hopefully we can do that by getting promoted,” said Ruddy.
“We know how tough it’s going to be. We’ve been in there before and it’s a tremendously tough league to get out of. But we are going to give it our all and like I said, as long as we can keep developing as a squad and as a club, we should be fine.”
The signing of striker Lewis Grabban on Thursday helped that – and Ruddy is confident City will be able to keep the nucleus of last season’s squad together.
“I think so – I think the club is in a fantastic position,” added Ruddy, talking to Talksport. “We’re debt-free, which hardly any club in England can say about themselves. And we’ve obviously made strides to improve the squad as well by signing Lewis Grabban. He scored 20-odd goals in the Championship last season, so if he can bring that to our squad…
“I think that was probably the one area we were missing last year, which was just putting the ball in the back of the net.”