Paul Lambert - Norwich City keeper John Ruddy’s England time will come
Paul Lambert believes John Ruddy's England time will come if he maintains his Premier League form for Norwich.
The Canaries' stopper was again overlooked by national caretaker boss Stuart Pearce for the Three Lions upcoming Wembley friendly against Holland. Former City keeper Robert Green has earned a recall alongside Turkish-based Scott Carson as understudies to first choice Joe Hart. Pearce's 25-man squad has largely been drawn from clubs at the top end of the Premier League – but Lambert insists playing for the Canaries is no barrier to international recognition.
'No, I don't think so,' he said. 'International football is totally different from league football, but if you're playing well and you're in the same division as somebody else, you might be looked at. It's up to somebody else who picks the side and dictates who is going to be selected, but it's his opinion what he wants to do. England think the three goalkeepers they've picked are the right ones, so you can't argue with that. Whether it's right or wrong, it's still their prerogative to pick who they want to pick. But John, from our point of view, has been playing extremely well for us. He's only young – his time will come.
'John Ruddy has been brilliant for me, that's evident, everybody sees it. But the game's about somebody's opinion. It's not something I really worry about and if John keeps playing the way he is for me, I hope his time will come.'
Russell Martin has forced his way back into the Scotland set-up for next week's friendly in Slovenia.
'He's been unfortunate, I think he's pulled out of the last two (squads) with injury, but it's great for the player and for the club that he is getting recognised,' said Lambert. 'If you look at Russell and the amount of games he's played for us and the consistency level he's shown, if he is part of that World Cup campaign and Scotland did great in it and qualified, that would be brilliant for him. That's what really pleases me, lads that have worked really hard to get where they are and never lost their hunger regardless of how much success they've had, they want to be better and better, and Russell's no different.'
Welsh duo Steve Morison and Andrew Crofts will also link up with their national squad after Sunday's Premier League test against Manchester United for the Principality's first game since the tragic death of former boss Gary Speed.
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'I think the Wales one will be an emotional occasion and I'm pretty sure the two lads wouldn't want to miss it,' said Lambert. 'I don't have a problem with them going off to that, I know what international football is like. Sometimes you get picked and you think 'I'm not so sure' if it's a friendly, but I think that game is going to be very well respected.'