Norwich City’s Nathan Redmond can gatecrash England’s World Cup squad, says club mate John Ruddy

Norwich City's Nathan Redmond has been backed to make a late dash for England's World Cup squad by club team mate John Ruddy. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City's Nathan Redmond has been backed to make a late dash for England's World Cup squad by club team mate John Ruddy. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Monday, January 27, 2014
10:13 AM

John Ruddy is convinced Nathan Redmond is good enough to join him on the plane to Brazil for the World Cup finals this summer.

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Norwich City’s number one knows he faces his own personal battle with the likes of Celtic’s former Canaries’ loanee Fraser Forster to clinch a spot in Roy Hodgson’s final England squad, but Ruddy is not ruling out a late run from his young Canaries’ team-mate Redmond.

Theo Walcott’s cruciate ligament injury has opened the door for a wide midfielder and Three Lions’ boss Hodgson recently singled out the likes of Redmond and Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling as ones to watch in the future.

Ruddy insists the England Under-21 international can put himself in the frame with a strong finish to the Canaries’ Premier League season.

“I think he has more of a chance now that Theo is out,” said Ruddy. “He probably doesn’t get the recognition he deserves, but I know when he is in the starting XI he always adds that extra dimension to our team. Losing Theo is a massive blow, but it is a chance for someone else to come in and fill his boots whether as a starter or a squad player, and what an opportunity for someone, whether Nathan or someone else. From a selfish point of view I hope it is him.”

Redmond has made 24 appearances for the Canaries this season following his summer move from Birmingham. The 19-year-old’s last Premier League start came in the New Year’s Day draw at Crystal Palace. He was reportedly the subject of a transfer enquiry from Swansea City in recent days which was rejected by the Canaries. Redmond spurned the Swans’ advances during the close season to link up again with his former mentor Chris Hughton.

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30 comments

  • Yup El dingo, league rules. Cant play against his own club. Was a good debate about the loan rules for the UK on talksport friday. Wont go into to much detail but it followed on from the Lukaku loan. People we complaining how Jose commented that he sent Lukaku on loan so he could hurt and take points off teams around them knowing he couldn't play against Chelsea. Smart plan really. People argue that if your willing to let the player go on loan for the whole season then he is part of that team and should be able to play against you because you cant cancel long term loans so effectively hes someone elses player for a season not yours. Im pretty sure clubs like Chelsea etc would find a way of ensuring the likes of Lukaku picked up a mystery injury a day before the game though. Food for thought either way.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • In making a comparison between Snodgrass and Johnson being left footers on the right wing there is one big fact missing. Johnson can and does go round the outside, can cross with his right foot and can shoot accurately with his right foot. Sadly Snodgrass only stands on his right foot when doesn't fall over!

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    blackdog2

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • Silly idea that! Playing him in a position that he himself says he prefers, a place he played previously at Birmingham and likewise for the England U21......Silly trivial idea that. Funny how more often than not when he has played for more than 5 minutes for us on the right wing he's either created goals or at least decent chances for Hooper & Co. I think the World Cup squad may be just out of reach for him simply because he plays for us. Thats not to say he wont go on one day to play for England while with NCFC. Just right now unless our style of play suddenly changes and we as a team hit some form, I doubt he will get the consistent performances required to sneak in.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • Sadly, Nathan has little or no end product most of the time - his shooting is pretty dreadful and he does not put in or find his man with crosses - there are a lot better wingers around. He will get better I am pretty sure of it . Would you take Ruddy to Brazil? Makes too many mistakes which could cost you a game - not having is best season to be honest.

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    kevin rymell

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • The site is more haphazard than ever today, blackdog2. Retro-deleting innocuous comments from people so any replies won`t make sense, even if they did. Out of charity, I put it down to incompetence rather than malice.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • In making a comparison between Snodgrass and Johnson being left footers on the right wing there is one big fact missing. Johnson can and does go round the outside, can cross with his right foot and can shoot accurately with his right foot. Sadly Snodgrass only stands on his right foot when doesn't fall over!

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    blackdog2

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • Agree, Could do with a certain Cabaye being disrupted by an incoming transfer bid from PSG this evening and being left out the squad. We missed a trick last season when they had an insane amount of players out injured and suspended and barely tested the keeper in a poor 0-0. (that was when we were pro's at keeping clean sheets but not able to score). I suspect totally opposite tomorrow night, but im clinging onto my vison based on no fact at all. In reality there isn't a hope in h*ll Wes would start (not getting into the debate of should he start as thats been talked to death). Just got this feeling Wes will somehow impact tomorrow result. Whether its a winning goal or an assist etc. Remy scored last game against West Ham I believe after a period without a goal. Is he about to hit form again? I hope not. Wouldnt surprise me if Gouffran scores or a player like that who you wouldn't expect. I bet on him in the away game and came up trumps, may do again. Trying to stay positive though. 1-0 or 2-1 norwich....no logic to it, but by hook or crook we will manage it somehow. In reality we HAVE to win. Always my motto, win your home games (getting what you can against big boys) and get what you can away and you'll be fine. Maybe we need to treat the game as a must win or Hughton is fired because he seems to have an ok track record at winning those games.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • Ben Foster`s a lucky boy still being in contention - didn`t he say he no longer wished to play for England? JR`s very, very unfortunate. That bad injury slowed his progress and Woy`s been very patient with the sometimes Careless Hart (Roy Orbison song there!). In the meantime Fraser Forster has, justifiably, forced his way into contention despite playing lower-League football. G`Day, Adelaide Canary!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • With all of the negatives which have been in abundance on here about our club. I for one will feel proud if there are any NCFC players selected in the world cup squad. Good luck young Nathan. Hi Mad Brewer from ex canarydownunderadelaide.

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    Adelaide Canary

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • Does Ruddy know he is going already, I'm suprised, with all the goals he has let in this season I thought he would be dropped.

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    goldie

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • Without wearing yellow tinted glasses it is difficult to see Nathan forcing his way into the England squad right now as he needs to improve the end product, both in delivering better crosses and hitting the target more often. It would certainly help if he was played on the right wing but CH seems very reluctant to revert to correct footed wingers. However, time is on his side, so he should be happy with an under 21 slot at present. Likewise, I fear JR is in a battle to retain his place in the England squad as he has still not reached the level he was at preinjury for me. At one point I think he was the number one but right now is probably down in 4th place but has at least got time to get his best form back, keeping us up would go a long way in helping him there.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • Johnson (Sunderland) has scored six goals including a hat-trick recently. A left footed player playing on the right. I do agree we should be changing a few times during the game,but get use to it. OTBC

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    sharky

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • Oh dont get me wrong sharky. Right footed playes playing on the left (an visa versa) isnt a new thing and many clubs do it with great success. In fact we were early pioneers in the field using a certain Mr Huckerby to great success there. My gripe however is Redmond is much much stronger at running at a full back and crossing naturally. Hooper commented on it after the Watford game (I wont try an remember the exact quote incase the picky police are on duty today). It puts the ball in an area away from the keeper right in a place players like him and Hooper desire it. Snoddy is just to predictable. Hasnt got the pace to be a left winger and prefers to cut in from the right anyway. Teams are wise to it now and therefore hes easy to defend against. Dont want to curse Snod with an injury but I truly believe thats the only way we will see Redmond get a long run on the right. Hughton tried to play the hype regarding him down when he arrived saying he doesn't want to count on Redmond playing week in week out yet. Problem is hes been forced to alot of the time as hes been one of the very few shinning lights for NCFC this season. Hopefully now Gutierrez is also here it will either fire Redmond up more to try keep in the side or it will allow him the rest he needs as he cant keep dying in the 60-70th minute and having to carry on because Hughton doesn't like to make changes early.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • With all of the negatives which have been in abundance on here about our club. I for one will feel proud if there are any NCFC players are selected in the world cup squad. Good luck young Nathan. Hi Mad Brewer from ex canarydownunderadelaide.

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    Adelaide Canary

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • Two comments. 1 Have been watching. 2 Never said Johnson was a better player How did the same ccomment come up twice a lonh while after I posted it?

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    blackdog2

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • Blacky I agree Johnson might be a better player. However I dont think you,ve been watching. Enough said. OTBC

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    sharky

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • Thats why I said we should keep changing during the game. Dont let the FB get comfortable. Believe me they dont like it. As you say we will see. I have to say i,m worried. Newcastles midfield is very strong now.

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    sharky

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • Love watching Redmond but most of his shots do rebound off the moon...

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    GossVolley

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • In making a comparison between Snodgrass and Johnson being left footers on the right wing there is one big fact missing. Johnson can and does go round the outside, can cross with his right foot and can shoot accurately with his right foot. Sadly Snodgrass only stands on his right foot when doesn't fall over!

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    blackdog2

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • Johnson (Sunderland) has scored six goals including a hat-trick recently. A left footed player playing on the right. I do agree we should be changing a few times during the game,but get use to it. OTBC

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    sharky

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • Two comments. 1 Have been watching. 2 Never said Johnson was a better player

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    blackdog2

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • Well M333 you made me smile re exact words etc, I do agree with most of what you say but hey! why dont they get use to Johnson cutting in. Just an opinion. We all have them OTBC

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    sharky

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • John Ruddy will not be on the plane to Brazil. Mark my words. Ignoring his slide in form this season, its clear as day that Woy wants Foster in otherwise he wouldnt have got him out of retirement for it. Forster will be 3rd keeper behind Hart and Foster. Will be gutted for Ruddy, especially after last time. Hopefully 2nd half of the season his form rapidly gets back to normal as well as NCFC form picking up!

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    Mattias333

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • Oh I did agree with you sharky. Sorry if It didnt come over that way. Wasnt saying we shouldn't play wingers on opposite sides to what foot they are at all. Just felt we've become far to predictable when it comes to Snodgrass and his cutting in. Were not a new mysterious force that people take for granted anymore. Any decent side who does there homework know exactly what Snodgrass is wanting to do and defend against him without much trouble. Take Snod out the game and it takes one of our few sources of a goal scoring chance out the game. Snod clearly isn't comfy on the left wing though. Hasnt got the pace. Pretty sure it will be Redmond and Snod tomorrow with Gutierrez unable to play but I do wonder after it was Pilks who got brought on against Hull. Wait and see.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • Never realised the Geordies put in a no-Jonas clause for tomorrow - I guess it's automatic on a UK loan. Not in La Liga tho. I'd like Pilks left and Redmond right myself, but it won't happen. Too positive, eh, Chris?

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    el dingo

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • Actually, M333, we might be slightly ahead of last season`s clean sheet tally at the 22 game stage last season; 7 vs 6. I stand to be `pickied` upon for that stat! blackdog2 - you don`t watch enough! Fact. Your accuser doesn`t listen to excuses. PS. M333, I applaud your cynicism (accuracy) reference the use\abuse of the loan system by the Big Boys, like Moronio. No surprise that Ar$ene Wenger has had a "not fair" gripe about Mata going to ManU. Not even a loan. What`s the mata, Ar$ene?

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • The careers of our attacking players seem to have gone into decline of late, until they leave. Nathan`s case might be helped by playing him wide right, but that would be invading Snod`s private fiefdom. What chance RvW being in the Dutch squad now? Is Fer still a main-pick? I hope neither has blown his chances.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • Not if he keeps getting left on the bench, and I don't think Ruddy will be going either,

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    Derek McDonald

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • I`d be happier with that cack-footed formation if Snoddy scored a hat-trick or two. There`s very little surprise factor with Snods - just following orders or doing his own thing? Don`t you hate multiple postings?

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • Maybe Johnson`s just a lot better\quicker than Snods, sharky? Perhaps he doesn`t always cut inside - I don`t know as have not seen enough of him to judge. Proof of the pudding is - he scores, Snods doesn`t, these days. I`ll be delighted should Rabbie prove me wrong tomorrow night. PS: I do not question Snods` workrate, just his end result ATM.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, January 27, 2014

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