John Ruddy will not let England down, says Norwich City boss Chris Hughton

Norwich City keeper John Ruddy is looking to clinch a World Cup spot with England. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City keeper John Ruddy is looking to clinch a World Cup spot with England. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
6:30 AM

John Ruddy would not let England down at the World Cup this summer, insists his Norwich City boss Chris Hughton.

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The Canaries’ keeper kept his 11th Premier League clean sheet in the 2-0 home win over Sunderland to help edge City seven points clear of the bottom three. Ruddy was a permanent fixture in Roy Hodgson’s Three Lions’ squad for the successful qualifying campaign and Hughton is convinced he deserves to go to Brazil.

The 27-year-old is locked in a battle with the likes of West Brom’s Ben Foster, Celtic’s Fraser Forster and Stoke’s Jack Butland to provide back-up to Joe Hart.

“We’re going to be biased of course but John has been very good,” said Hughton. “He has kept a lot of clean sheets and I am sure Roy will make the right decision but I have every faith in John that if he needed to do a job at England level at any stage he is very, very capable.

“To pick up another clean sheet was important and I don’t remember them having too many chances. They have good movement and players who can really threaten you so it was important we were strong defensively. We had to dig deep, but we have been good here at Carrow Road this year and we haven’t conceded many goals.”

Hughton, speaking on Talksport, also praised the impact of City’s home support who responded to pre-match calls to back the players against the Black Cats. The Norwich boss wants more of the same when they face the likes of West Brom and title-challenging Liverpool next month.

“It is important to get the crowd behind you and the club did the same initiative last season and it really does create a great atmosphere,” he said. “At this stage it is about performances but anything we can do to rev it up around that is our responsibility.”

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  • Replies repeatedly blocked, however I edited them, Steely. I`ll try another board. Like Barking Wijs, I loathe Archie.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • Blaff, my role model for rudeness will always be Steady On - though the accompanying Dullardery has to be filtered out. Even `dullard` is from Dutch - `dullaert`. Had a surreal experience yesterday; overheard two expat C0ckernays in the lowcal wubadub, discussing Alex Tettey`s gaowl. `Yeah, weouwl, not a bad goul. `E spowk quoirt weowl fer one o` them an` orl, nah wot I mean, John`? Not weld clorss, vow.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • Blaff, my role model for rudeness will always be Steady On - though the accompanying Dullardery has to be filtered out. Even `dullard` is from Dutch - `dullaert`. Had a surreal experience yesterday; overheard two expat Cockernays in the lowcal wubadub, discussing Alex Tettey`s gowl. `Yer, weouwl, not a bad goul. `E spowk quoirt weowl fer one o` them, nah wot I mean, John`?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • Sun is still shining and my favourite comment makers are on the boards. Just served my seven day sin binning for offensive comments. About the appointment of a foreigner of pensionable age into the highest paid job on Norfolk CC. I think a certain council man whose name coincides with an old fashioned term for the male appendage (in the plural) stepped in. Anyway its all behind us now. Thoughts turn to the Plasterers. Next Tuesday lunchtime approx. 12.30 to 1.30 or 2.00 ish for those who can make it. I will definitely be there. I got my Steely Dan t-shirt as an indicator and we know Brew resembles Mr Basalinsky. Matt hasn't far to travel as his banger van is just around the corner. Mobiltiies can be left at the entrance.

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • Are you serious about the sin bin thing, Fagen? If so, it can only be a matter of time before the airways are barking-free, especially after the fruity comments I made regarding the new female presenters on Mustard TV. I wonder if Mattias was serving a ban last week? I didn't really buy into that "moving house" explanation. As for mijn vriend, PolyMad, he must have a lawyer who knows how to exploit all the loopholes in Archie's Little Book of Rules, otherwise he would have been sitting in the stands for most of the season. Come to think of it, he was a bit quiet over the Christmas period.

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    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • Or even heretical!

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • Davies has had issues with the press and made it personal. Never a wise move, and shock horror he got sacked. Getting stuffed by a key rival wasnt going to help either. Horrid little man! Results had been in decline. Listened to Neil Warnocks interview on why he turned down the job though. Very interesting. Basically he wanted more safety than 12 games, wanted to bring his own people in & wanted full control of transfers. I can understand Forest not wanting to hand out a contract longer than 12 games & I can sort of understand them not wanting yet more staff coming in that they may have to pay off in 12 games time, but im behind Warnock totally in terms of having control over transfers. People on the board should be well away from transfers and the policy around them. Warnock also said he was worried should he lose 2 games and they dont make the playoffs he would get the blame for it when really hes not been there all season previous. I bet they either end up with a young manager who took the job knowing he will constantly get over ruled or they will get an experienced journey man on big money who will achieve nothing. Locals seem to want Stuart Pearce or Roy Keane. Former heroes dont always work out though as we NCFC fans know to well!

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • You're too polite, Gek. Manners went out with tea cosies, don't you know. Try being a bit more hostile, like Sharky, Bad Form, Green Man etc. Alternatively, you could try taking a holiday or moving house. If you stay out of the cubicles for a week, Archie will let you post a Reith Memorial Lecture. Just ask Matt.

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    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • Hello, TrevorK, again we concur, in a funny sort of way! 48 goals in the 20 `non-clean sheet` games is indeed a `shed load`. Not all JR`s fault of course - the defence has gone AWOL on a few occasions, which cannot help his confidence. A great shame; he has all the attributes of a top goalie except for a top defence in front of him. I wonder if he will move on? I hope not.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • You`re on Fagen! Should we be incognito or anonymous? I can do either or both, after all, I was unknown even at home, wherever that was. Is Tuesday not the First of April? I hope you are not `avin` a jawoorf, my owl saarn... Gercha! I believe, traditionally, April Fools` jokes end at Noon. Is that the deal? It would be great to see Polymatt, Blaff and Fagen in the same room together. Is Crocodile Putnee welcome if he can manage the train trip from Tooting Becks? As for BP2, let`s all get Plaistowed, my Saan. Gercha. Btw, Blaff, I hope those common Italian chickens are denied admittance. Silly cluckers, the lot. Pity nobody sells Bass these days. Trolley good fun! ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • You are right BW, I cannot understand Dutch or Afrikaans, attended a school in Surrey but it certainly was not over the boarder in Eaton.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • The old blockade is back, Blaff. I like your alternative spelling of `dyslexic` which is, of course, correct! As you well know. You are, without doubt, a Polymath. That`s Politese for `Smart A*$e`. Je speciaal vriend, Gek.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • Well done for organising the gig at the Plasterers, Fagen. Have you chartered the entire pub to allow all the hoi pollo to attend, or just a quiet table in the corner for yourself, PolyMad and select others. Let me know and I'll cancel my appointments. Glad you've invited Mattias. You'll need at least one youngster who can carry the trays of mead without spilling it. Not sure if you should identify yourself, though. I remember thinking how handsome Ken Bruce sounded on Radio 2.... then I saw a picture. Half the fun is guessing who's who. Admittedly, some of the cubicle scribblers will be easy to spot. PolyMad will be using long words in a variety of languages (assuming the buses run from his neck o' the woods on a Tuesday), and Archie will be standing in the background in a leather trench coat, quietly taking notes in his little notebook.

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    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • Brew, once again your Eaton Mess education stands out, but being dyslectic I cannot help you out with that one.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • I saw an interview in the paper with the bloke who owns Forest. Surprisingly he has an excellent knowledge of football and whilst not pretending to be a life long fan ,he is dedicated to Forest. At the time he gave the impression that he and Davies were inseparable. Davies is widely disliked within the game by players and fellow managers. Good to see you back Steady On.

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • The old blockade is back, Blaff. I like your alternative spelling of `dysle*ic` which is, of course, correct! As you well know. You are, without doubt, a Polymath. That`s Politese for `Smart A**e`. Je speciaal vriend, Gek.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • Fagen, I`ll wear a cardboard Nelson`s Revenge hat and carry a Happyclappy poster. Other than being the scruffiest old git in the place, that should provide ample identification. Such fun.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • The headline "John Ruddy will not let England down...." prompted the thought "He`s definitely been selected for the trip to Brazil" The sub-headline however says, much less definitely, "John Ruddy would not let England down...". I suppose the main headline was preferred as the editor hoped it might prompt a few impulse purchases. Well, he will do, won`t he? Or should that be `would`? Btw; two "The likes of"s in the same article. Excellent.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • I didn't notice the date Brew. Yes Putney is welcome and we would love to see BP2. I have the Dan t-shirt but perhaps other arrivals could carry a copy of the EDP or News under their arm. Otherwise we might never speak. If TK wants to learn a bit of Afrikaans I can bring along my book. I used to play badminton at the Dutch Reformed Church and all the scoring was down to me so that I got to know the numbers. I will tell the lad behind the bat to expect a Mr Gek Basalinsky, Mr Blaaffen Wijs, Mr Jerzy (Donald's father) Fagen and Mr Matthias Svensson amongst others. Anyone with any inside info on the Billy Davies thing by the way ?

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • What an eclectic range of faux faux pas you have, Blaff. Interesting that you chose the less popular version of `dyslexic`. I suspect you are a polymath. It`s incurable, but not a sin and not fatal. I had more of an Eatanswill education really. Had the D!ckens of a good time, though. Such fun.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • Hi, Blaff. Indeed - Archie has been very rude to me today, repeatedly giving me the blank screen\expired page\server\guru503\simple ethering etc treatment, so it has made me a tad waspish. I saw in a posh paper (in a pub, of course) that Ruddy is about 4th in the Prem `clean sheet` league and the top Englishman. That`s the kiss of death. 11 clean sheets and we`ve still conceded 48! Liverpool and Chelsea still to play - and Fulham. Fingers crossed. Je boos vriend, Gek. PS; did I tell you Mattias`s Tardis has returned in its Hot Dog stand format under the Anglia Square flyover? He`s clearly well rested and on good form. I feared he might be a victim of the Cayman Quadrangle or the Manila Envelope. I wonder when Crocodile Putnee is going to morph into Cayman Canary as promised? Gek.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • Put your reading glasses on, Gek. You're getting me and TK Max muddled up. Still.......always nice to have a chat with you. No one else talks to me.

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    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • Norton & Whiplash! Legends in their own long lunchtimes. I haven`t read their exchanges for ages, Steely. Marvellous stuff. I got a small ban for my heritical submission that dog poo is not very nice.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • I always liked Billy Davies. A pretty little lady, with that wonderful one-hit wonder of the `60s "I know something about luurv". How she managed to transmogrify into a pudgy, potty-mouthed Paisleyman is beyond even me. Like Fagen, I am ecstatic about the return of Steady On. It will give the other Dullards something to aspire to. Bless him. I had a pint in The Plasterer`s on Monday, SteelyD. Test run to see if I could survive the journey. What dedication to my heroes! Such fun, too. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • It might be just a table in the corner ,Barking. As you come through the door there are a couple of tables slightly to the right. I would like to think we would fill the place though. Have had a bit of fun in the last week (whilst suspended) thinking of seating arrangements. Eg. you, me, KanyeWest and BadForm. Brew and Putney, Stew and SteadyOn. Even John L Norton and Larsson P Whipsnade. Anyway I will be there. What happened last week (at the risk of boring everyone) was that an article was written about the new manager of Norwich CC. About 30 comments appeared, 29 of which were negative. For me I questioned her nationality, age, and other things of a personal nature (s£xist I know). Next day all comments disappeared and I received (not for the first time) the usual offensive warning. Since then until today every time I tried to type and send I got the long white screen and nothing. Tried ways around it eg. cutting and paste but nothing worked.

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • Blaff, my role model for rudeness will always be Steady On - though the accompanying Dullardery has to be filtered out. Even `dullard` is from Dutch - `dullaert`. Had a surreal experience yesterday; overheard two expat C0ckernays in the lowcal wubadub, discussing Alex Tettey`s gaowl. `Yeah, weouwl, not a bad goul. `E spowk quoirt weowl fer one o` them an` orl, nah wot I mean, John`? Not weld clorss, vow.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • I've never been banned. I can post anytime I like.

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    Steady On

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • I saw an interview in the paper with the bloke who owns Forest. Surprisingly he has an excellent knowledge of football and whilst not pretending to be a life long fan ,he is dedicated to Forest. At the time he gave the impression that he and Davies were inseparable. Davies is widely disliked within the game by players and fellow managers. Good to see you back Steady On.

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • I see you're taking no prisoners this morning, Gek.

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    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • Can't help you with the Billy Davies question, Fagen. Why would anyone, even a daft foreign owner with more money than sense, sack their manager when he was on the verge of reaching the play offs? Maybe Billy goosed Mrs Al Hasawi in the executive dining room.

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    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • I would question the logic being used by CH. The problem is, the World Cup is not being played at Carrow Road so goals conceded away from home are far more telling and Ruddy seems to have conceded a shed load. Yes he did make two excellent saves on Saturday but I fear he is not back to his best following his long injury last season so I fer his chances of making the plane are 50 - 50 at best.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • Only chance Ruddy has of going to Brazil is on Holiday in pre-season. Harsh? Maybe, especially as im a big Ruddy fan. Way im reading between the lines is Joe Hart, Ben Foster & Fraser Forster will go to Brazil. Ruddy's early season form like most the NCFC squad was poor. Shadow of the superb form he showed the last few seasons. Hes come back to form slightly in recent weeks (similar to the side maybe) but has 'Woy' already made his mind up? Lost alot of respect for Foster coming out of retirement but then he's a fav of Roys so was always gonna be on the cards.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • How do you spell `phonetics`? I know it starts with an `F`. (Credit: `Father Dougall McGuire`!).

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • Brew - another way for us not to remain incognito would be to ask the lad for a pint of Dullards or ask him if he has Dullards on. Or perhaps stick to the EDP or News.

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    Steely Dan

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • Are you serious about the sin bin thing, Fagen? If so, it can only be a matter of time before the airways are barking-free, especially after the fruity comments I made regarding the new female presenters on Mustard TV. I wonder if Mattias was serving a ban last week? I didn't really buy into that "moving house" explanation. As for mijn vriend, PolyMad, he must have a lawyer who knows how to exploit all the loopholes in Archie's Little Book of Rules, otherwise he would have been sitting in the stands for most of the season. Come to think of it, he was a bit quiet over the Christmas period.

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