Norwich keeper Ruddy eyes England return

The 25-year-old goalkeeper wants another chance in Roy Hodgson’s national team after a broken finger ruled him out of Euro 2012, with a friendly against Italy on August 15
Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy has set his sights on a return to England duty after fully recovering from a broken finger which ruled him out of Euro 2012.

Ruddy had an outstanding debut season in the Premier League with the Canaries, helping them to comfortably stay clear of relegation trouble following back-to-back promotions.

And with England facing their Euro 2012 conquerors Italy in a pre-season friendly on August 15, the former Everton keeper has his fingers crossed for a national team call-up.

"It's always at the back of your mind that you might get an England chance again," the 25-year-old told the Sunday Mirror.

"It was a blow to miss out and it was a strange kind of injury. I went to gather a ball during my second training session and it dipped and caught the end of my finger.

"But I'm fit and I would love to be part of the England squad again and, hopefully, that will happen."

His chances for that return look good, with his replacement at the Championships in Poland and Ukraine - Birmingham City's Jack Butland - having featured for Team GB at the Olympic Games.

Ruddy will also be looking to re-affirm his status as number one at Carrow Road under new manager Chris Hughton after Paul Lambert departed for Aston Villa.