Norwich City ‘keeper John Ruddy overlooked for England squad

File photo dated 17/11/2012 of Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue da

File photo dated 17/11/2012 of Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 9, 2013. England goalkeeper John Ruddy is likely to step up his rehabilitation from a thigh injury after completing 90 minutes of Norwich's Under-21s match at Newcastle. See PA story SOCCER Norwich. Photo credit should read: Jon Buckle/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy has missed out on a recall to the England squad for the friendlies against the Republic of Ireland and Brazil.

But national team boss Roy Hodgson has included Reading keeper Alex McCarthy in his 22-man party.

McCarthy has impressed in goal for relegated Reading at the tail end of the season and the 23-year-old has been rewarded with his first senior call-up.

Ruddy made his first senior appearance in nearly six months for the Canaries in Sunday's 4-0 Premier League win over West Bromwich Albion, after being sidelined by a thigh injury that needed surgery. He won his first full England cap in the victory over Italy last August.

His opposite number in Sunday's game, Albion 'keeper Ben Foster, is in Hodgson's squad.


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Striker Andy Carroll, on loan at West Ham from Liverpool, has also been recalled for the games against Ireland at Wembley on May 29 and the trip to Brazil on June 2.

City pair Wes Hoolahan and Anthony Pilkington are both in the Ireland squad for the Wembley friendly.

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England squad: Foster (West Brom), Hart (Manchester City), McCarthy (Reading); Baines (Everton), Cahill (Chelsea), Cole (Chelsea), Jagielka (Everton), Johnson (Liverpool), Jones (Manchester United), Lescott (Manchester City), Walker (Tottenham); Carrick (Manchester United), Cleverley (Manchester United), Lampard (Chelsea), Milner (Manchester City), Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Walcott (Arsenal); Carroll (West Ham, on loan from Liverpool), Defoe (Tottenham), Rooney (Manchester United), Sturridge (Liverpool), Welbeck (Manchester United).

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