Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy targets Premier League return to England squad

John Ruddy celebrates after Norwich City go 2-0 up. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

John Ruddy celebrates after Norwich City go 2-0 up. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire. - Credit: PA

John Ruddy has targeted an England recall after Norwich City's instant return to the Barclays Premier League.

England boss Roy Hodgson watched the City keeper in Norwich's 2-0 Championship play-off final win over Middlesbrough on Monday.

Ruddy has one cap, against Italy in 2012, but missed out on last year's World Cup squad after the Canaries dropped out of the top flight.

Rivals Rob Green and Tom Heaton have been relegated with QPR and Burnley respectively while West Brom's Ben Foster is out with a long-term knee injury.

And, after the Canaries' promotion, Ruddy is eager to convince Hodgson to call on him again.


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He said: 'I didn't focus on England at all this year. I knew playing in the Championship I wouldn't be doing myself any favours.

'My main aim was to get back into the Premier League and then knock on the door for that. We've done that and that starts on August 8.

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'Congratulations to Tom, I thought he deserved to be called up for the last squad. He was unlucky but he has got the call-up for the summer and he's a fantastic keeper. I'm delighted for him. He has done very well for Burnley this season, but himself and Rob Green are now dropping down to the Championship.'

Ruddy helped City to a 12th-place Premeir League finish in 2012 and had been in Hodgson's squad for the European Championships that year, but was ruled out after breaking his finger in training. His debut finally came in August, but he then suffered a long-term thigh injury which again kept him out of the international picture.

The 28-year-old was City's highest appearance maker in the Championship, playing all 46 games, plus the three play-off games.

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