Norwich City keeper John Ruddy is ‘devastated’ by England World Cup snub

John Ruddy is another Norwich City player David Powles hopes will stay, 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd John Ruddy is another Norwich City player David Powles hopes will stay, Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Monday, May 12, 2014
2:02 PM

Norwich City’s John Ruddy admitted it was a bitter pill to swallow missing out on a second major international tournament after failing to make the final cut for England’s 23-man squad for the World Cup in Brazil.

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John Ruddy’s omission

Norwich City’s number one will rightly feel aggrieved to be overlooked in favour of Ben Foster and Fraser Forster as back-up to Joe Hart. Foster retired from international football but was enticed to end his self-imposed exile by his former Baggies’ boss Roy Hodgson. Albion finished three points above the relegated Canaries and conceded three fewer goals but Ruddy was a mainstay during England’s successful qualifying campaign. The 27-year-old kept 12 clean sheets in the Premier League and underlined his credentials again in Sunday’s Premier League finale to Arsenal. In reality the back-up keepers will have a watching brief but Ruddy deserved his chance of a lifetime.

Paddy Davitt, chief Norwich City writer

Ruddy has been placed on stand-by after Three Lions’ chief Roy Hodgson confirmed on Monday afternoon the 27-year-old is not one of his three keepers for the tournament this summer, with first choice Joe Hart joined by West Brom’s Ben Foster and Celtic’s Fraser Forster.

Ruddy also missed out on the 2012 European Championship finals after suffering a broken finger in a pre-tournament training camp. The St Ives’ bred keeper was outstanding in City’s 2-0 Premier League defeat on Sunday against Arsenal which confirmed their relegation to the Championship during a campaign when he kept 12 clean sheets in the top flight.

“It is devastating. I had the same thing in the Euros when I broke my finger two days into training and had to miss out,” he said. “Then I fought back that season and I had been involved in every squad I have been available for over the last two years and now to be told at the final hurdle that I haven’t made it is a bitter pill to swallow.

“To be fair this week has been a bad one in my career but it is something that has to make you stronger. All I can concentrate on now is maintain my standards and get my way back into the squad. I’m lucky enough. I have a solid family behind me. We’ll really enjoy our summer together now and support the lads, like I would have done whether I was there or not. I just have to get my head down and concentrate on next season and trying to bounce back from the Championship. I’d be keeping myself fit anyway in preparation for the coming season but I will have to let the FA know my whereabouts with being on the stand-by list.”

Ruddy, speaking to Skysports, insisted playing for a club who were eventually relegated did not harm his international chances.

“I can see why people would make a point of the club you play for but I have been playing in the Premier League for the last three years,” he said. “Regardless of what club if you are playing in the top league of English football that should be enough. Statistically I think I have done pretty well as an individual but we have not done enough over 38 games. I thought in fairness I had done enough to make the squad but it wasn’t to be. I had one clean sheet less than Joe Hart, who won the title and that makes it even harder to take.”

Ruddy is likely to attract attention in the summer transfer market, but the City number one believes Norwich can bounce back at the first attempt with the club set to appoint Chris Hughton’s successor over the coming days.

“The managerial situation is something the board have to decide,” he said. “As players you won’t get involved in that. In terms of how it has been you could see in the last five games the performance levels had been higher. For whatever reason, I can’t put my finger on it. Now it’s a big test of character to appoint the right man to make sure we bounce back straight away.”

Ruddy is joined on the stand-by list by the likes of Michael Carrick, Andy Carroll and Tom Cleverley. As expected, teenage left-back Luke Shaw makes the cut ahead of Ashley Cole, who retired from international football on Sunday night after being told he had not made the squad.

The entire 30-man party will travel to Portugal next week to begin their World Cup preparations, before facing Peru at Wembley on Friday May 30. The squad will then be trimmed down for two more warm-up games against Honduras and Ecuador in America before heading to their base in Brazil to prepare for the opening group game with Italy on June 14.

• England’s 23-man squad for this summer’s World Cup in Brazil: J Hart (Manchester City), B Foster (West Brom), F Forster (Celtic); G Johnson (Liverpool), P Jagielka (Everton), G Cahill (Chelsea), C Smalling (Manchester United), P Jones (Manchester United), L Baines (Everton), L Shaw (Southampton); S Gerrard (Liverpool, capt), F Lampard (Chelsea), J Henderson (Liverpool), J Milner (Manchester City), J Wilshere (Arsenal), R Barkley (Everton), A Lallana (Southampton), R Sterling (Liverpool), A Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal); W Rooney (Manchester United), D Sturridge (Liverpool), D Welbeck (Manchester United), R Lambert (Southampton). Stand-by players: J Ruddy (Norwich), T Cleverley (Manchester United), Jon Flanagan (Liverpool), John Stones (Everton), Andy Carroll (West Ham), Jermain Defoe (Toronto), Michael Carrick (Manchester United).

54 comments

  • Thanks Stephen ! Matt- it could be Snoddy's brother. If so, might be worth playing them on the wrong wings next season ( just for a change...)..

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • Let`s just cut to the chase, Putnee. You are a bore, and you clearly have a finely tuned understanding of tax matters. Not surprisingly. So, instead of dressing up tax fiddles as somethiong else, just keep it quiet, like the other con men. Define `derivative`. You are a facultative Dullard.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • anybody been in for ricky v w.yet?

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    bluelight

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • I see the vultures are out already, Pullis wants Ruddy at Crystal Palace, who will be next

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    Derek McDonald

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • Exactly. Was clear in his interview though that should a bigger club come in he'd be interested and who could blame him but I dont think he's going anywhere. Someone has to lose a keeper before we even have to worry about someone bidding for him.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • Ruddy isn't leaving us. He's said so many times and as recently as yesterday. He's an utterly decent and honourable human being as well as an excellent goalkeeper. If he says that's the case then you can believe it, which is not something you can say for many top-level pros. He's also the single-most important element in giving us a good chance of getting back up quickly.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • On subject, did anyone else hear John Ruddy on Talksport yesterday evening. Sounded genuinely gutted and slightly angry to be fair. He mentioned how Relegation hasnt cost him a place in his eyes as WBA finished one place higher and had they gone down Foster was always going to go. He also commented on how he signed a new deal with the club in October and he owes the club everything because without them taking a gamble on him when in his words "he was in no mans land" he wouldnt have achieved his dreams of playing for his country and being a top premier league keeper. He admitted Chelsea came in for him last summer (which we all knew but nice to hear it confirmed) but did say if a club comes in its something he and the club will sit down and discuss. All mostly positive. Hopefully no clubs come in for him as I cant see him going to someone to be back up.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • Met that lad behind the goal on the tube to the Fulham game Timbo. Like the spawn of Snodgrass close up.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • If I was Ruddy, I would tell Hodgson to shove his stand by place where the sun don't shine. He has not been used ever since, always over looked in friendly's, not one of Hodgsons blue eye boys, he a better keeper than Foster, so much for the England Goal keeping Coach

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    Derek McDonald

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • I am not expecting much from England and my expectations would hit zero if Foster played. Re MB's question about posting on the Ipswich boards. Not me but occasionally I do look at the EADT boards and frankly it is like peeping on someone else's wake. No wonder the Suffolk trolls prefer to visit the vibrant and articulate boards of their prosperous and ambitious neighbours. Never dull at Norwich. At Ipswich, nothing but grey skies do I see.

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • Really gutted for Ruddy, also because we could smell this coming for some time.. with him not being picked to play for ages. Clearly Forster has much less experience against the likes of Suarez, Aguerro and Yaya Toure etc ... but I think Foster has been quality recently for WBA. What I liked about the article was how loyal Ruddy sounded to Norwich... would be a massive bonus next season to keep hold of him..

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    jops

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • Daft decision. How often has Hodgson bothered to watch an NCFC match this season I wonder. Ruddy is class. I like Frazer, but I suspect my mum would keep at least half a dozen clean sheets playing in goal for Celtic. In my view Ruddy is miles better than BF. A mistake Mr Hodgson, let's hope it's not the first of many for our World Cup sake.

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    Double D

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • BREAKING NEWS - ITFC is under investigation by the Inland Revenue for tax evasion. Apparently they've been claiming for Silver Polish for the past 36 years !

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Talk on the South Coast that Brighton are showing interest in Hooton and his two mules. I have told my pal that would be a disaster as they don't deserve another job in football anywhere !!!

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    Essex yellow

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Timbo, you are now my favourite poster on this site!!

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    stephen davis

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Nice to see Roman General Maximus Decimus Meridius behind Ruddy's goal. Must admit I didn't know he was a Yeller. They never mentioned it in the Gladiator film......

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    Timbo

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Oh, I see, MB. Derivative words that I was supposed to decode to enjoy. Yea, not so much not finding my sense of humour as just having one which is very different to yours (i.e. existent). Just to note: tax avoidance is not criminal. The "hot topic" you're referring to (even I got the Take That reference, BTW) is actually about "schemes" - aggressive avoidance that can border on evasion. But, and just so you're aware, moving to live in a jurisdiction which happens to have no corporate or personal income tax is very different to shifting profits (or making losses) in jurisdictions with which one has no connection just to avoid paying tax due in the UK. Of course, if you're not resident in the UK, you have no obligation to pay HMRC on amounts made outside the UK (which, if you are resident, you still should (with certain exceptions)).

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    PutneyCanary

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Dubya, I may take the p!$$ a bit, but you are a legend. So unswervingly good-natured. Ignore those effing trolls.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • I feel for Ruddy, deserves to be at a better club, as does Marshall.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Tractorboy- Get on your own sad little website i hear Town are in for a couple of Loans from Hitchin!! Exciting news really for your penniless little scapyard... you lot call a football club!

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    dave123

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • I agree with steve davis!! Has any member of the regular NCFC posters` society ever bothered to post on the Ipswich boards? Be honest! I haven`t, though I did have a look at the EADT page once, a couple of years ago, out of curiosity. Relatively few posters, reflecting the low level of interest in their club. Also, some extreme inarticulacy. There was a WUM, under the label "Rob Steroo", posing as an NCFC troll. It still looks like an Archant employee\employees filling in the empty day. Don`t forget - both `papers` are owned by the same company. Unhealthy non-competition.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Stats say Ruddy kept 12 clean sheets against West Brom 7, so who's the best keeper, we also had on avg 15 shots per game on our goal with just over 5 on target, to 12 at West Brom with 4.75 on target, apart from the high score drubbings we got Ruddy is by far a better keeper than Ben Forster, Joe Hart had an avg of 3.20 shots on target and kept 17 clean sheets, but he did not play all games, what makes Hart the better keeper is his defence, if he'd played for Norwich I don't think he would have been any better than Ruddy, but "Woy" had already made up his mind when he asked Forster to change his mind about playing for England, with the promise he would go to Brasil, if he did. end of.. so Ruddy can't be that surprised, and he was never going to be picked over Champions Celtic keeper.

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    OLDYELLA

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • 1961tractorboy - judging by your username you're in your mid 50s. How incredibly sad that someone in their mid 50s is trolling on a message board on the internet. Get a life mate, or better still, get a wife!! Sad sad man

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    stephen davis

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Can anyone advise is 1p5wich managed to stay up this year ? I know they were flirting in the relegation zone for the first half of the season but I haven't really noticed, or cared, if they avoided the drop.......

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Seems understandable - Hodgson wants players with I guess no distractions. Ruddy may have wanted away, he will now if he wants to play for England...

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    Surrey Canary

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • detractorkiddiewinkie69, there`s no need to deride Dubai. We do that. DC`s a Norwich Treasure. Always good natured, optimistic and decent. Whereas you are an inarticulate troll without a life.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Little Dubia budgie have you been to the medical centre yet ? obviously not think your condition is getting much worse than I thought best keeper in the league Hmm going to take the championship by storm your having a laugh come on lets be avin you.........(off the ball city)

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    1961tractorboy

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • We must not forget in years to come Ruddy will be in the Panini world cup sticker album as a squad player,so in a way he is still going.Lets be positive and hope all City players get their acts back together. OTBC

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    canarykid

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Pleased to see you haven`t found your sense of humour, PutCan. Cayman\Caiman\Crocodile\Dundee\Putnee. Bermuda Triangle\Cayman Quadrangle. Tax `holidaying`, whether by neutrality, avoidance, evasion or `havenism`, is a hot topic just now. Take that. I hope HMCR are not `lazy` in their pursuit of the criminals responsible, wherever they may find a neutral haven to ply their expert criminality.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • When joe Hart lets England down in the world cup,least we can say they left the best England Goalie behind.Forster is good as a number 3 but his experience has been mostly in the lower leagues.RH must know what he is doing(HAHAHA) we will get knocked out in the first round by bad goal keeping.Keep positive Ruddy we still think you are number one.OTBC lets be avving you

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    canarykid

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Norwich need to get rid of the England goal keeping coach he has destroyed Ruddys technique and that is why Ruddy is not good enough to go to Brazil, frankly I wood sell him

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Not surprised at all I mean what England manager in their right mind would even consider taking a Narwich keeper to the world cup come on little budgie honestly I thought you were meant to be the oh so really intelligent ones tut-tut never mind every cloud and all that at least he can concentrate on keeping the budgies in the championship next season but hang on a second there again he may come to his senses and jump ship like the rest of the rats who are going to desert the sinking budgie boat....que the English teacher....(off the ball city)

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    1961tractorboy

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • MB - I've barely posted in weeks, and I get a weird mention in one of your posts...what's that about? Crocodile tears? You'll have to enlighten me...? Don't get the quadrangle reference either - nor the "find a nice little tax haven" in it...what does that even mean?? It is, itself, a "tax haven" (actually tax neutral - but people who can't make the distinction lazily call it a tax haven). On point (sort of) - personally I don't think it'd be the end of the world if Ruddy left. One advantage of going down is that you can better blood the youngsters...Rudd (45ths of the name, but hopefully not the player) must be getting a look in soon or his career will stall. A season in the Championship is potentially a good thing, at least for the careers of those like Rudd, Murphy(s) etc...

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    PutneyCanary

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Matt, is the `Snods lookalike` the one with wire-rimmed spectacles? The bulbous one, with `Aviv` written on his billowing yellow bell-tent, looks more like Bradley Johnson`s Dad, or possibly least favourite uncle. Or Johnny Vegas taking a break from Benidorm.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Gutted for JR. Lets hope he stays for next years fight.

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    Mustardman

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • I am really disgusted with Hodgson picking Foster, who tuned his back on England, over Ruddy, who has been a dedicated back-up for Joe Hart. This smells of favoritism. Why did he not the persuade John Terry to come back, as he has played really well compared to some of other defenders in the squad. His experience would be very valuable in Brazil.

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    MichiganCanary

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Just noticed the Robert Snodgrass look-a-like we met on the tube to the Fulham game is behind the goal in the picture of Ruddy above ;)

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    Mattias333

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • ignore townman moron, it must be past his bedtime soon. As for ruddy, unfortunately his distribution and kicking has let him down this season imho

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    llamaman

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Townman still hides under his laptop.........What a Boring Moron!

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    dave123

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Why does Archant allow those such as Townman on this site? To spark replies from us true Canary supporters I guess. Best to ignore such feeble comments that Townman somehow manages to concoct.. When was the last time his team appeared in the top division - and how many times is it that they have been in administration? Poor management or what? Roy Hodgson should hang his head in shame over the treatment of John Ruddy. How you can treat a player like that is beyond belief. Foster once announced he no longer wanted to be considered for England duty - how is that for loyalty? Now, because " his mate" is the England manager he changes his mind. Disgraceful decision to pick Foster over Ruddy. Mad Brewer is spot on with his comments regarding Forster in Scotland. Little ole Norwich prejudice rears its' ugly head again.

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    Timberman

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Ruddy did very well keeping 12 clean sheets when you consider the quality of the players who were trying to get past him and also considering what a useless defence he had infront of him. Difficult to look good when you let in so many goals but majority of keepers in the Premiership only have to save about 10 shots a game unless they are playing Norwich then the shot ratio goes down to 1 or 2 on a good day.

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    goldie

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Boring Townman. Really boring. Come on, go away and we will all pretend you didnt type that. Have a little think, im sure you can come up with something more entertaining and original than that.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Easy to say he will move on or has to move on but for that to happen there has to be a club needing a keeper. Doubt he will go as back up to someone or he'd have done that last summer with Chelsea. He had years at Everton playing 2nd and 3rd choice. Like I said else where, if Tim Krul leaves Newcastle ill start worrying as they'll be on the look out for a decent quality replacement.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Who'd have thought it wouldn't be in Ruddy's interests to have the England goalkeeping coach working with him every day?

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    jigs69

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Liz Knott- He may well move on but he is worth more than your entire squad of Loan signings and lower league players put together!! The financial future for Norwich is Bright but for Dipswich its lights out!

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    dave123

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Feel sorry for Ruddy, but what did you expect. Norwich conceded 62 goals, not all Ruddy's fault I admit, but if he seriously wants to play himself into an England squad, he will have to move on and play for a club with history of producing England players.

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    NB

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • `Keepers have a longer shelf life than outfield players. JR has another 8 years to get his World Cup chance. Loadsa time to stack up a property portfolio\pension scheme `ordinary` folk could only dream of. No Crocodile tears here - I`ll leave that to Putnee. He can probably find JR a nice little tax haven in the Cayman Quadrangle...

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Not surprised,but I actually expect JR to stay now, at the end of the day he doesn't appear to be a bright lights big city boy.

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    ToxicGasWarningSystem

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • True Mad. So disappointed in Foster actions. Always was going to happen when his pal Woy got him out of retirement though. I know it hardly matters as he'd have been 3rd choice but from an experience POV I bet he's utterly gutted. Fair enough first half of the season his form was off and maybe thats let him down.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Lard Almighty! I`ve just seen your post, Dubya! Now I know you are just a WUM on substances. Take the Champ by storm? Best keeper in the league?? You make super ammo for that Chantry Chavess, La Snott, who still has no life. Btw, Nasal Mucus, congrats on putting an apostrophe in the correct place. A first for you!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • That is a great shame, I am entirely eviscerated on behalf of John Ruddy. Ben Foster has gotten away with his `Prodigal Son Act`, and Fraser Forster does most of his work against L1-standard teams in the SPL. JR`s time may have come and gone, with only half a Cap to show for it. It would be good if we could keep him here, but if a Prem club came in with a realistic offer, who could blame him for enhancing his career? Another top `keeper, maybe the best one in this Prem campaign, is also on the market. David Marshall. Remember him? I wonder if Winkel will work his way into the Dutch Squad? Should be a clog-in.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • He'll jump the sinking ship now.

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    Liz Knott

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • From John Ruddy's standpoint I am sorry he has missed out on the England World Cup Squad. It must have been very marginal decisions that kept him out - but from another standpoint - if he had gone over (as the third choice goal keeper) he probably wasn't going to get a look in anyway. So from that point of view better he get away with his family, have a nice break over the summer, come back refreshed and rejuvenated and become part of a team that will take the Championship by storm, thanks in part to the best keeper in the league. Well done JR, have a good summer holiday, you deserve it !

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, May 12, 2014

  • Utterly gutted for Ruddy. After missing out last time, this has got to be tough to take. Hopefully he gets away, has a good holiday and comes back and knuckles down with NCFC as we push on trying to get back where we want to be. Cant see him going to be back up for one of the big boys. Only way ill worry about losing Ruddy is should Newcastle sell Tim Krul or a club of similar size losing their keeper.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, May 12, 2014

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