Ruddy backs Hart to be England No.1
Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy believes Joe Hart should be first choice between the posts for England despite the recent criticism he has received, Sky Sports has reported, and Ruddy also feels the focus on Hart’s performances is doing more harm than good.
Ruddy is currently England’s back-up custodian, part of the squad to play Poland and Montenegro in World Cup qualifiers, with Celtic stopper Fraser Forster rounding out the goalkeeping unit picked by manager Roy Hodgson.
And despite being a challenger of Hart’s, Ruddy is sure the Manchester City player deserves to be Hodgson’s goalkeeper. “Joe's the England number one. Rightly so,” Ruddy said, adding: “The way he's performed over the last few years he's deserved it and he's never let England down.
“I've been in situations before when people are questioning you. It's never nice. Without being too patronising, I felt sorry for him. He doesn't warrant that sort of attention. He's a top-drawer goalkeeper, one of the best in the world without a shadow of a doubt.”
While Hart has 35 caps for the national team, Ruddy has just one, from a friendly appearance against Italy. The Canaries goalkeeper started out at Cambridge United before moving to Everton as an 18-year-old, making only one appearance for the Toffees and taking in a succession of loan spells before making a permanent switch to Norwich in 2010.
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