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Ruddy’s broken ring finger means Euro KO

PUBLISHED: 13:54 25 May 2012 | UPDATED: 14:15 25 May 2012

Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy ready to play for England. Picture: Denise Bradley

Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy ready to play for England. Picture: Denise Bradley

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Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy was today keeping his spirits up despite the bitter disappointment of having to pull out of England’s Euro 2012 squad through injury.

The 25-year-old has been ruled out of the championships after suffering a broken finger in training.

Ironically, Ruddy has broken his ring finger, just a week before his wedding.

Ruddy was called up for the first time by new England boss Roy Hodgson for the tournament in Poland and Ukraine and was hoping to win his first cap against Norway in the friendly in Oslo tomorrow evening.

But he sustained the injury during his first training session yesterday and Hodgson has acted swiftly in calling up young Birmingham goalkeeper Jack Butland as his replacement.

Ruddy was still travelling with the England squad to Oslo today before returning for treatment – and was putting a brave face on the bad news.

“Thank you for the messages, gutted but determined to come back better next season, can’t wait for the wedding now!” Ruddy wrote on Twitter.

“Taken lots of positives from the two days’ training, and the biggest positive is that it happened with England before a major tournament!”

Ruddy had been given special dispensation by England boss Hodgson to miss the friendly against Belgium at Wembley on June 2 as it clashed with his wedding in Cambridgeshire to partner Laura.

He added: “Also to everyone who has asked . . . as if it wasn’t unlucky enough, it IS my ring finger and also my first ever broken bone!”

Ruddy’s injury has echoes of the misfortune suffered by then Norwich ’keeper Robert Green, who ruptured his groin taking a goal-kick in an England B international against Belarus, ruling him out of the World Cup in Germany in 2006.

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