John Ruddy deserves his England chance says Norwich City boss Chris Hughton
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John Ruddy deserves a chance to convince England boss Roy Hodgson he can be a viable alternative to first choice Joe Hart, insists his club boss Chris Hughton.
Norwich's number one was yesterday included in a 28-man squad for upcoming friendlies against Chile and Germany as Hodgson looks to fine tune his plans for next summer's World Cup in Brazil. Ruddy is joined in the party by ex-City loanee Fraser Forster and Hodgson revealed yesterday under-pressure Manchester City keeper Hart will only start one of the two warm-up games. The Canaries' stopper was a regular member of the squad during the successful qualifying campaign, but the 27-year-old has still only played 45 minutes for his country in a friendly win over Italy in August 2012.
'It would be nice to see John get some game-time,' said Hughton. 'I'm not quite sure of what the approach will be of the England manager and how Roy plans to use Joe Hart in these coming games. John, like the rest of us, suffered a poor result last week but he has been excellent.
'He has been a regular member of that England squad and I personally would be delighted if he gets a chance in these next two friendlies.'
Hodgson reiterated at his squad announcement Hart remains his first choice but the Blues' keeper was dropped for Norwich's Premier League visit to the north-west last weekend after a difficult start to the new campaign.
'He will start one of two games, yes, but I don't think he'll start both,' said Hodgson. 'It's important for me to look at one of the other goalkeepers, possibly both.
'But I can say Joe will definitely start one of the games as he's our number one goalkeeper.'
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Hodgson refused to criticise Manuel Pellegrini's decision to keep Hart on the sidelines for City's last three matches in league and cup combat.
'Every manager must manage his club in the way he thinks is the best way to manage the club and make the decision regarding players that he must make,' said the England chief. 'I do the same thing. As far as I'm concerned I look at the English goalkeepers who are available and then I choose the ones I want. Having chosen the ones I want, I then pick the one I think is best to play in goal. Up to now that's been Joe Hart and will continue to be so, certainly for these games. Manuel Pellegrini at Man City is totally entitled to do the job he wants to do with the club.'