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Ruddy hopeful of England recall

Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy wants to earn an England recall after returning from injury.

The 26-year-old had been out for five months after sustaining a thigh injury, but came through the club’s 4-0 win over West Brom at Carrow Road on Sunday without any complications.

Ruddy will look to retain his place for the side’s final Premier League fixture against Manchester City, before hoping to make it into Roy Hodgson’s squad for the fixtures against Brazil and the Republic of Ireland.
“To be involved in the England squad would be fantastic,” Ruddy said.
“Whether or not it has come too soon remains to be seen, but it would be fantastic to be given the opportunity.”
And Ruddy will be boosted by Hodgson’s admission that he is looking to blood young English talent, as he prepares to run the rule over the England Under-21 side in their European Under-21 Championship campaign in June in Israel.
“We can’t deny that there is a changing of the guard,” Hodgson told the Football Association’s official website.
“We’ve had a very strong group of players going through the last three tournaments.
“They are all outstanding players who are still good players today and are all still playing in the Premier League.
“But if we are going to raise our heads and look to the future we have to start giving more responsibility to some of the younger ones who are coming through.
“We’ve got tremendous talent and great potential but we’re never going to see that potential if we keep on with the old guard.
“I’m really hoping that some of the players who have come into the team recently and excited us are going to kick-on and that we’re going to discover one or two more.
“There are some interesting players in Stuart’s (Pearce) squad for the summer which could quite easily be in my squad when that tournament’s finished.”
Tue 14 May, 2013
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