London 2012

Ruddy over the moon

Goalkeeper in dreamland after selection from Hodgson

Last Updated: 16/05/12 3:43pm

  • Share:
John Ruddy: Due to get married on 2nd June and relishing the summer

John Ruddy: Due to get married on 2nd June and relishing the summer

John Ruddy believes his England selection for Euro 2012 is the perfect way to mark his ascent with Norwich.

The uncapped goalkeeper was named in Roy Hodgson's plans after an excellent season with his club in their return to the Premier League.

Ruddy's call-up is an added bonus for the 25-year-old, who is due to get married on 2nd June and has been given dispensation to miss the friendly against Belgium, and he received notice on Monday from England goalkeeping coach Ray Clemence of his selection.

Having considered his future as a footballer during his time with former club Everton, when he was sent out on nine loans, Norwich's No.1 is delighted at the turnaround in his career.

Ruddy told Sky Sports: "I'm absolutely over the moon. I can't wait to get started."

Fantastic

Ruddy marvellous

He added: "It has been a long journey, but it is fantastic for me to repay the faith of (Norwich manager) Paul Lambert and the board.

"It just caps off a wonderful couple of years I've had at Norwich and a fantastic season."

Ruddy will likely provide back-up to Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart and West Ham's Rob Green in Hodgson's squad.

The Norwich man was not the only uncapped player to be named in England's party for this summer's tournament in Poland and Ukraine.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was also included after the 18-year-old's superb campaign with Arsenal.

England's 23-man squad for Euro 2012:

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Man City), Rob Green (West Ham), John Ruddy (Norwich)

Defenders: Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Man United), John Terry (Chelsea), Joleon Lescott (Man City), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Leighton Baines (Everton)

Midfielders: Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Stewart Downing (Liverpool), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Gareth Barry (Man City), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Scott Parker (Tottenham), Ashley Young (Man United), James Milner (Man City)

Forwards: Wayne Rooney (Man United), Danny Welbeck (Man United), Andy Carroll (Liverpool), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham)

  • Share:

Related

England Euro 2012 squad

Gareth Southgate: Believes the attitude of the players on England's bench could be key

Southgate - Squad spirit key

Gareth Southgate believes England's squad men could be vitally important this summer as they can 'ruin it' if their attitude isn't right.

Glen Johnson: Once again forced to sit out England training through injury

Johnson fitness doubt

Glen Johnson has emerged as a fitness concern for England as he was again unable to train due to a toe injury.

Roy Hodgson: Believes the players are fully aware of their off-field responsibilities this summer

Hodgson to trust players

New England boss Roy Hodgson is prepared to give his players freedom but has a warning for anyone who steps out of line.

Related Profiles

Most Popular

Olympics 2012 Features

Legends

DOB: 17/5/1956 Event: Boxing Medals: 1 gold Flag: USA

Top Tens

A week into the Games of the XXX Olympiad, Richard Moore brings us his half-way highs and lows

Olympics history

Linford Christie sprinted to 100m gold for Britain at an Olympic Games best remembered for America's basketball dream team.