Michael McGovern must keep fighting to be Norwich City’s last line of defence

Michael McGovern is taking nothing for granted at Norwich City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Ima

Michael McGovern is taking nothing for granted at Norwich City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Michael McGovern insists it would be 'foolish' to think he has ousted John Ruddy in the battle to be Norwich City's number one.

McGovern has been an ever-present in the Canaries' Championship campaign since Ruddy picked up an injury during the first home league game against Sheffield Wednesday.

Ruddy made it clear over the international break he is ready when required and McGovern knows he must not let his standards drop.

'I think it would be foolish for me to think I am the number one with the competition here. The level is really high,' he said. 'We have some top keepers and John has been here for a number of years and done ever so well. I don't think I could take that for granted but I am in a nice position in the sense I am playing regularly. That is where I want to be. It is up to me to show what I can do and play in a winning team. Everyone makes mistakes but as a keeper you try to limit them. It is in my hands. I am in possession of the jersey and it is very simple. I have to keep my standards high so I am under no illusions.'

The Northern Irish international helped his country to a World Cup qualifying 4-0 romp over San Marino during the past fortnight that saw out-of-favour club mate Kyle Lafferty score twice in a second-half cameo.

'It is difficult for him not playing here and it is difficult for Michael (O'Neill) to pick him because he is not playing as well,' said McGovern. 'Kyle is a great lad to have about. He is a good player but it is difficult because we have so many good players (at Norwich). I am sure he is itching to play football, hopefully for Norwich. If not, elsewhere.'

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