Young City keeper boosted by another England call-up

Canaries goalkeeper Declan Rudd has been named in the England Under-19s squad for next month's friendly match with the Netherlands.Rudd, who turned 19 last month, is part of head coach Noel Blake's 18-man squad which travels to Waalwijk on March 2 - when he is unlikely to miss any club commitments.

Canaries goalkeeper Declan Rudd has been named in the England Under-19s squad for next month's friendly match with the Netherlands.

Rudd, who turned 19 last month, is part of head coach Noel Blake's 18-man squad which travels to Waalwijk on March 2 - when he is unlikely to miss any club commitments. It will be the first get-together of the year ahead of the squad's European U19 Championship Elite Round qualifiers in May, against Ukraine, Republic Of Ireland and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Rudd - who has three Under-19 caps and also represented England at Under-16 and Under-17 level - will be challenged for the number one shirt by Portsmouth goalkeeper Liam O'Brien, called up for the first time.

Rudd kept a clean sheet for City's reserves against Luton yesterday, earning praise from second string boss Ian Crook, who said: 'I thought he was excellent, I really did.'


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England Under 19s: N Baker (Aston Villa), J Bostock (Spurs), M Briggs (Fulham), R Brown (Man Utd), S Caulker (Spurs), N Clyne (Crystal Palace), R Deacon (Arsenal), M James (Man Utd), S Malone (Wolves), R Mason (Spurs), J Mellis (Chelsea), R Noble (Sunderland), F Nouble (West Ham), L O'Brien (Portsmouth), D Parrett (Spurs), N Ranger (Newcastle), D Rudd (Norwich), S Watt (Arsenal).

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