Norwich City’s John Ruddy and Grant Holt set to discover Euros fate
Canaries duo Grant Holt and John Ruddy will discover next Wednesday whether or not the clamour for their inclusion in England's squad for the European Championship has been successful.
New England boss Roy Hodgson confirmed yesterday that he will name his 23-man squad a fortnight ahead of schedule, even though there are plenty of issues still to be resolved.
Holt's claims come on the back of another successful season for the Canaries, during which he has scored 14 Premier League goals – Wayne Rooney is the only other English player with more.
The 31-year-old admits playing for Norwich may be too unfashionable for the national team, but his claims have been backed by many pundits – as have those of goalkeeper John Ruddy.
Joe Hart is clearly first choice, but after that it could be two from a small posse consisting of with ex-Canary Robert Green, Scott Carson, David Stockdale and Ruddy.
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Ben Foster has confirmed he will not reverse his decision to quit national football and has also backed Ruddy's claims – although the City man has never featured in an England squad.
Former Canaries striker Dion Dublin believes Hodgson will have plenty of 'refreshing' attacking options – but would look no further than Peter Crouch for Poland and Ukraine.
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However, he admits Holt would merit a call if it came.
'Holty has been brilliant,' said Dublin, who started and ended his playing career at Carrow Road, retiring in 2008. 'It has been brand new to all the centre-halves to mark someone like Grant Holt, who is an absolute nuisance.
'He does not leave you alone, is always in your face and never backs off, which is why he has done so well.
'Holty has led the line better than anybody else who has come up so soon, and Paul Lambert has done a great job of making him play so well.'
Dublin, 43, feels the nation must get behind Hodgson this summer, no matter what squad he selects.
'In the end, it will be down to the manager's choice of style. Roy normally likes a big man and a small man, which might make his decision to take Carroll or Crouchy,' Dublin said.
'But whoever he picks, there will be some eyebrows raised, but he has to get the selection right.
'It will then be up to us to go with that and support him.'
Hodgson will officially take up his post after Sunday's final Premier League game of the season between his club West Brom and Arsenal.
Hodgson, 64, has two friendlies against Norway and Belgium before the first match of the tournament against France on June 11 in Donetsk.