Poll: Ruddy stays on the bench as Forster gets full game for England
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John Ruddy looks to have lost out in the race to start in goal for England tonight, according to reports.
Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy stayed on the bench as England were given a big wake-up call at Wembley as Chile outclassed Roy Hodgson's men.
Alexis Sanchez maintained the visitors' excellent record against England, scoring six minutes into the first half, the Barcelona striker repeating the heroics of Chile icon Marcelo Salas by sealing a 2-0 win at the end.
Both goals went past Celtic keeper Frazer Forster, who was preferred to Ruddy as Hodgson gave Joe Hart a rest,
Had the Chileans taken their chances, this could have been a real goal glut for the South Americans, who passed the ball with finesse and rarely looked troubled.
But England made their task easy with a distinctly below-par performance
Sanchez, Eduardo Vargas and Jean Beausejour found it easy to stretch and pierce the England back four. Phil Jones and Gary Cahill looked unsteady at centre-back, while Leighton Baines' defensive shortcomings were highlighted when he was beaten to the ball by Sanchez for Chile's opening goal.
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Wayne Rooney worked tirelessly, but was starved of supply. Adam Lallana offered glimpses of skill on debut, but no one else - including debutant Jay Rodriguez - stood out on a morale-sapping night in front of nearly 63,000 fans at Wembley.
If England put on the same kind of performance when Thomas Muller, Mesut Ozil and Andre Schurrle come to town on Tuesday, then the Three Lions will be bracing themselves for a real battering.
ERuddy may have conceded 21 goals in 11 Premier League appearances so far this season, including seven at Manchester City, but Norwich manager Chris Hughton is backing the 27-year-old to prove his quality if he gets the chance.
'He's been excellent for us this season,' Hughton told TalkSport.
'With a club like ourselves you go to one of the big boys and you don't perform to the standards you want, it can happen.
'Unfortunately it happened to us (at Manchester City) but certainly for big John that's not a reflection (on him), he has been excellent for us.
'He has continued to be in that frame of mind and we are just hopeful and looking forward to him hopefully getting that opportunity.
'He certainly hasn't done himself any harm with his performances for us this season and I think at a time when perhaps the (England) manager might in these friendly games look to change or look at other players, John is certainly one that has warranted an opportunity.'
The Canaries boss also has a vested interest in 25-year-old Forster though as he was the first team coach at Newcastle when Forster, aged 21 at the time, was allowed to join Norwich on loan.
Shortly after Forster signed for City it was Hughton who then succeeded Kevin Keegan as manager at St James' Park and monitored him during his season-long spell at Carrow Road.
Hughton, talking to TalkSport, added: 'I had Fraser at Newcastle and at the time we had two young goalkeepers in Fraser Forster and Tim Krul, that are both excellent goalkeepers now.'
- Tonight's England match is an 8pm kick-off and is being broadcast live on ITV1.