Norwich City keeper John Ruddy’s England time will come, says David Seaman

John Ruddy will not be joining his Norwich City goalkeeping coach Dave Watson at the World Cup in Brazil. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. John Ruddy will not be joining his Norwich City goalkeeping coach Dave Watson at the World Cup in Brazil. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Monday, May 26, 2014
4:07 PM

Norwich City keeper John Ruddy’s England career is not over according to former Three Lions’ stalwart David Seaman.

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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.”

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6 comments

  • We absolutely must keep Ruddy and all our other stars if they want to stay... we have an amazing Championship squad right now our squad is worth over 80 million Euros... the average Championship squad is worth 25 million euros.. we are favourites to go up because we currently have the best squad by a mile... RVW is the only player I would sell off to get someone else in.

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    jops

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • Merde encore - je suis avec LYB re m. Ruddy.

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    el dingo

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • It`s only words, LYB. ( Lyric credit to the Beegees). How many times has that line been trotted out? I hope you`re right, though. I remember watching the home game vs Middlesbrough, back in Lambo`s Champ season. JR was hesitant, slow to get down to low shots, and a bit `flappy`. He has come a long way, and deserves to be in the `Chosen Three`. Going straight back up is a huge ask. Fingers crossed.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • He's said quite clearly he's staying as long as the club wants him. Selling Ruddy would probably be the best way of ensuring we don't go straight back up.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • Indeed, DJ_F. It was a shame to lose Jed Steer, too. It seems belated efforts were made to persuade him to stay, but his mind was made up. Hughton`s regime was universally demoralising, it seems. If Ruddy stays, then Declan will probably get very limited game time. If JR leaves, Dec should become our 1st choice goalie. This is where a `proper` reserve league might prove helpful. Being a goalkeeper these days seems to be largely about bench-warming and Cup Competitions. Question for Mattias (he should be back at work tomorrow and therefore have plenty of spare time) - How tall is Rudd?

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 26, 2014

  • Ruddys head must be all over the place with recent events. Lots of talk of a move to Palace but short-term, he has no need to move and I think he may well stay. With Rudd looking better and better, we're well placed keeper wise. Do we keep Ruddy and let Rudd go out on load again? I'm sure Preston would be happy to keep him another season. I liked how PL trusted the young keepers unlike CH.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Monday, May 26, 2014

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