June 18 2013 Latest news:
Friday, August 31, 2012
Chris Hughton is keeping his fingers crossed his international boys come back safe and sound from upcoming World Cup qualifying duty.
John Ruddy was named in Roy Hodgson’s 24-man England squad yesterday for the matches against Moldova in Chisinau next Friday and Ukraine at Wembley four days later.
The City stopper impressed on his senior debut in the recent friendly win over Italy and is expected to provide back-up to Joe Hart alongside youngster Jack Butland.
Norwich team mates Russell Martin and Robert Snodgrass have also retained their places in Scotland’s squad for Hampden Park World Cup qualifiers against Serbia and Macedonia.
Strikers Steve Morison and Simeon Jackson complete the City contigent after being drafted into the Welsh and Candian squads respectively for forthcoming World Cup outings.
Hughton just wants his men to return in one piece when they resume Premier League business against West Ham at Carrow Road.
“It is great news for John and all the boys,” he said. “Of course as a manager you always fear them going away and maybe getting an injury but given a choice you would always prefer for them to go away because they can pick up invaluable experience playing at international, being involved at that standard and it can only be good for the individual.
“It’s great news but nervous news for me. You want them to do well. For as much sa you have a fear of injuries you want them to play.”
Roy Hodgson has kept faith with many of the new young breed who impressed against Italy in Berne recently.
If there is a shock it comes in the absence of Ashley Young, one of the few players to feature both at Euro 2012 and against Italy.
There is no word, either from the FA or Manchester United, whether Young’s absence is injury-related. The England boss has resisted the temptation to recall Aston Villa forward Darren Bent.
Instead Hodgson has called on Daniel Sturridge to supplement his European Championship hit-men Danny Welbeck, Andy Carroll and Jermain Defoe.
As Defoe is the only one of the quartet who could be regarded as first choice at their club, and Carroll has changed sides a few days before Hodgson’s squad meet at their Hertfordshire base on Monday afternoon, it does seem the England boss is taking a bit of a risk.
Hodgson would doubtless argue Welbeck and Carroll – who last night secured a loan move to West Ham – in particular served him well in Ukraine this summer and whilst there is more youth in England ranks, there is plenty of experience as well.
As anticipated, John Terry has been chosen, although the neck injury that kept him out of Chelsea’s Premier League win over Newcastle last Saturday will need to be assessed once he has reported for duty.
Transfer target Ola Toivonen may be on his long awaited vacation – but the striker has admitted he is going to use the time to open talks with Norwich City over a possible move to the Premier League.