England goalkeeper Ruddy out of Euro 2012
John Ruddy has been ruled out of Euro 2012 after breaking a finger during training, the Daily Telegraph has reported. The Norwich City player had not previously been part of the England set-up before Roy Hodgson named him in his 23-man squad for the tournament. Birmingham City youngster Jack Butland is Ruddy’s replacement.
Ruddy was one of two uncapped players in Hodgson’s travelling party, the other being Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and was expected to go to Poland and Ukraine as back-up for No 1 Joe Hart and his understudy, West Ham United’s Robert Green. But in training on Thursday Ruddy broke a finger, leaving him unable to participate in Euro 2012 or England’s pre-competition friendlies. He will still travel to Norway with the squad to watch England’s first match under Hodgson, but will return home afterwards.
Butland is an England U-21 international and spent most of last season on loan at League Two Cheltenham Town. Butland was originally on the standby list named by Hodgson, along with Everton centre-back Phil Jagielka, Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson and Chelsea forward Daniel Sturridge.
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