August 23 2014 Latest news:
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Norwich City keeper John Ruddy’s England career is not over according to former Three Lions’ stalwart David Seaman.
Ruddy is on stand-by for Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad after being overlooked in favour of Fraser Forster and Ben Foster as back-up to first choice Joe Hart.
Seaman has backed Hodgson’s decision but insists Ruddy proved even in Norwich’s Premier League relegation campaign he deserves to be in the mix for his country.
“This wasn’t Ruddy’s time, but later down the line it will be. He had a lot to do for Norwich last season and he’s shown people what he is capable of. His time will come,” said Seaman, who earned 75 senior caps for his country and was part of the England squad that reached the semi-finals of the 1996 European Championships. “Obviously you go with Joe and in Forster you’ve got a guy that has played in some big games for Celtic against the likes of Barcelona. Foster has got England experience, so, for me, Hodgson has gone with the right three.”
Seaman is convinced Hart can prove he is one of the very best in Brazil after lifting the Premier League title with Manchester City during a season when he was pulled out of the firing line by Manuel Pellegrini after some inconsistent displays.
“Since Joe has come back, he’s been brilliant. He’s gone on to win the league again and his England performances have improved. I’m excited for him because he can show the world what he can do now at the World Cup,” said Seaman. “Joe’s standards have not really dropped, it’s just that he made a few mistakes in a short space of time. When he was dropped at Manchester City, I wasn’t happy with that.”