John Ruddy reflects on tough spell with Everton

Last Updated: 26/03/13 9:13am

Soccer AM - John Ruddy

Norwich and England goalkeeper told Soccer AM about surviving a 'tough' spell at Everton before nailing down the number one jersey at Norwich.

The 26-year-old has made 95 league appearances for the Canaries since his switch from Goodison Park in 2010 and earned his first England cap in a 2-1 win over Italy last August.

"It would have been easier to stay at Everton and just train and stay in the background but it's not the same because you can't play first team football."

John Ruddy

However, things weren't always so rosy for Ruddy and he admitted on the show he hit some lows whilst reserve keeper at Everton - a club which loaned him out to nine different sides after he joined them from Cambridge United in 2005.

"If you had said to me half way through my time at Everton that I'd go on to do what I've done, I wouldn't have believed you," he said.

"It was a tough time and didn't work out at Everton. But it's football, it happens and I have no regrets.

"I have enjoyed my time everywhere I've been and the amount of loan spells was just because I wanted to play football. It would have been easier to stay at Everton and just train and stay in the background but it's not the same because you can't play first team football.

"I came into Everton off the back of playing for Cambridge for a full season. To then be doing nothing at Everton was hard for me to adapt to and going into a changing room where they'd just qualified for the Champions League was the biggest jump I could make.

"It was a tough time but thankfully I've got through it, found my comfort zone at Norwich and I'm really enjoying my time there."

Return

The keeper also told Helen and Max he is eager to return to first team football after being sidelined since November, when he tore a thigh muscle against his former club Everton.

"If you imagine the muscle is like an elastic band, it just snapped," he explained.

"I took a goal kick and I just felt a pop. They had to go in and join it back to the bone and four months later I'm almost back.

"I'm probably a couple of weeks ahead of schedule and it's all gone swimmingly so far. I'll be back training from next Thursday and I'll play a couple of games for the U21 development squad and then be back in whenever the gaffer sees fit."

Check out the video above to watch Ruddy chat about his time at Max's beloved Cambridge United and how he had to tell his bride-to-be they may have to cancel their wedding because of an England call-up!