Norwich City keeper Declan Rudd admits he is loving every minute of being involved in England U21s’ bid to reach Euro2013.

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The Canaries’ youngster is part of Stuart Pearce’s squad bidding to overcome their Serbian counterparts in a two-legged showdown that begins on home soil for the Diss-bred keeper in Friday’s Carrow Road opener.

Rudd has been restricted to one senior Norwich appearance this season in the Capital One Cup win over Scunthorpe, but the 21-year-old is ready to do his duty in front of the Norfolk public.

“It’s great. You are coming away to work and play with the best players in the country at this age group, some of the best coaches and the training is sharp,” he said. “You learn a lot from the other players and their experiences. It is a great chance to be involved. You just have to enjoy every second. Obviously it will be a good crowd supporting us and getting behind us like they always do behind the team on a Saturday afternoon. I’m expecting the same for the England lads. All the lads are looking forward to the atmosphere. For me it would be a great honour to play. We don’t know the team yet, we don’t know who is in or out. It would be a great occasion for me if I could. Let’s wait and see.”

Rudd, speaking to the club’s official site on Thursday afternoon, insists England’s young charges will be fully prepared for the stiff challenge posed by the Serbs.

“If we play to our full potential we don’t need to really worry about them because we have the quality in our team to deal with it,” he said. “As long as we stick to our game plan and play to our capabilities then we have a very good chance. We have a great group of players here with a good team ethic. The lads are positive and hopeful of a good result. If we win this two-legged play-off then we get ourselves into the European Championships in the summer. There is a lot of stake but that just fires the lads up even more. I think as long as we stick to what the gaffer tells us to do and we play to our full potential we have a great chance.

“To play in the European Championships – it doesn’t get much bigger than that at our age group level – so it would be a great occasion and a possibility to be involved at a major tournament. All the lads will do their best to be there.”

• Norwich City’s teenager winger Josh Murphy has been drafted into the England U18s’ squad for a forthcoming friendly against Italy’s U18s at Mansfield Town’s One Call Stadium.

The 17-year-old will join up with Noel Blake’s squad for the first time when they face the young Azzuri on October 24 after featuring regularly in Scott Marshall’s Norwich development squad.

Murphy’s early season form also earned him a place on the bench for the recent Capital One Cup win over Doncaster and Marshall believes international exposure is a huge positive.

“It will really help Josh’s development to be involved, even the experience of going away and being with the squad will be wonderful for him,” he said. “It’s an opportunity to mix with a bunch of really talented lads and I hope he can make the most of it.

“We’re really pleased for him and it’s great for all our guys to see him getting that recognition. We obviously want more of our guys to be involved, and seeing Josh in there will no doubt give them confidence to push on.”

10 comments

  • Ball-juggling is not a skill that I want to see our goal keepers implementing on match-days.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, October 11, 2012

  • Nice to see Declan play at carra rd. Pity he 's not on the bench for premier games. Still when you pay that much for a current bunn you must know a lot about football and how to demotivate youngsters.just how many youngsters did Liverpool put out against us?

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, October 11, 2012

  • The purchase of Bunn is just one of a series of odd decisions and actions which, when taken together, suggest that maybe, just maybe, it's not just our strikers who have taken their eyes off the ball.

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    Mikey B

    Friday, October 12, 2012

  • Whatever our position is by Christmas, Declan deserves to be given a chance. As Kent says, neither Declan nor Jed has ever let the club down and are being treated very badly. A baffling decision indeed. As our politicians prove, it is easy to spend other people's money and all too easy to waste it. Not all the clowns in the world work in the circus!

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    waclor

    Friday, October 12, 2012

  • Dec didn`t make the U21 bench. It can`t help that he has been, nonsensically, pushed down the GK pecking order @ Carra Rud by the purchase of Mr. Bunn. Like just about everybody else I can see no logic in it at all, however hard I try to play devil`s advocate. Like SussexYellow I have wondered whether there is a sub-plot whereby we unload Ruddy at a fat profit while his stock is high. Trouble is, whether it`s his fault or not, conceding 17 goals in 7 games doesn`t do his share value any favours. So maybe that blows the sub-plot out of the water? The other weird decisions include Ayala @ Vaughan (letting them out on loan), Turner (buying him), C. Martin (keeping him) and striker non- recruitment (all we did was help Blackburn fund their purchase of Jordan Rhodes). Perhaps we`ll make a move for Conor Wickham..........

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, October 13, 2012

  • I am so glad that the England management show some faith in Declan's ability unlike the idiot who manages his club side. Bunn who???

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    waclor

    Thursday, October 11, 2012

  • Problem with Jordan Rhodes I believe is that he cost eight million to sign and wages are £40,000 per week, hence he never came to Carra and why we had to help find his purchase.

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    blackdog2

    Saturday, October 13, 2012

  • Odd that a c**p Championship side can do it on Indian chicken-feed whan we can`t do it on Banham`s Best Basted Bantams. Specially when given a value-added boost by the Charisma of Delia. Point is, WHY did we deem it necessary to blow a million or so on another bench-warming goalie? Who was not even match fit at the time. I believe the hidden agenda involves Ruddy as a striker. Once that looks promising, we`ll loan him out......

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, October 15, 2012

  • The purchase of Bunn is one of the strangest decisions we have seen. We have two young 'keepers of England class in Rudd and Steer, both of whom have never let us down when called into action for the first team. Bunn's fee and wages must be in the the region of £1 million for this year and looks an unnecessary expense to me. Anyway, let's hope at least Rudd and Steer get loaned out soon to get some games. As you say, Wivenhoe, this must demoralise and further demotivate our talented youngsters.

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    Kent Anglian

    Friday, October 12, 2012

  • The Bunn thing is totally unfathomable, unless they are thinking if our position looks hopeless by Christmas, offload Ruddy while his star is shining and he's in the England picture.

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    SussexYellow

    Friday, October 12, 2012

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