Norwich City keeper John Ruddy aims to get back in the England mix

Norwich City keeper John Ruddy still harbours England ambitions. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Im

Norwich City keeper John Ruddy still harbours England ambitions. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

John Ruddy insists he can force his way back into the England squad if he shines for Norwich City in the Premier League.

The 28-year-old was a regular in the Three Lions' set-up before City's relegation from the top flight, and would have gone to Euro 2012 but for a hand injury at a pre-tournament training camp.

Ruddy is back in the big time now with the Canaries and determined to stake a claim ahead of Roy Hodgson's squad announcement next week for upcoming qualifiers.

'I can only do my best for Norwich City and if others take note of that then excellent,' he said. 'I was lucky enough to be involved in it for two years and I was bitterly disappointed when I came out of it. I am working hard, primarily for Norwich, and that will hopefully have knock on effects for England but that is up to the staff in the England camp to decide who they want.

'I think Joe (Hart) and Jack (Butland) will be the two mainstays. When Ben (Foster) comes back from injury he will be in the frame, likewise Fraser (Forster), who deserved to be in there and was unfortunate he had a very bad injury. There is fantastic competition which bodes well. I have named four there plus myself, Alex McCarthy, Rob Green and Tom Heaton were in last year so there is healthy competition and it is in a very good state.'

012 but for a hand injury at a pre-tournament training camp.

Ruddy sat out Norwich's midweek Capital One Cup victory at Rotherham, which saw understudy Declan Rudd produce a series of fine stops.

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'I'm absolutely over the moon for him,' he said. 'He has worked incredibly hard for very little reward since he came back from Preston. He only had two league cup games last year and to see him play that way says what he is all about. He pretty much got us through to the next round.'