Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy has been named in Roy Hodgson’s 23-man England squad for this summer’s European Championships.

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England manager Hodgson announced his squad for the finals in Poland and the Ukraine at 1pm today but Ruddy’s Norwich City team-mate Grant Holt was not selected, despite being England’s second highest goalscorer in the Premier League behind Wayne Rooney.

Following Norwich City’s 2-0 home win over Aston Villa, Ruddy said: “English goalkeepers are pretty thin on the ground at the moment but I think we’ve got some fantastic options, even with the people who haven’t made themselves available.

“Obviously Joe Hart has got it for as long as he wants it, because he’s been in exceptional form for the last few years and he’s just won the league.”

• England squad:

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Man City), Rob Green (West Ham), John Ruddy (Norwich)

Defenders: Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Man United), John Terry (Chelsea), Joleon Lescott (Man City), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Leighton Baines (Everton)

Midfielders: Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Stewart Downing (Liverpool), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Gareth Barry (Man City), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Scott Parker (Tottenham), Ashley Young (Man United), James Milner (Man City)

Forwards: Wayne Rooney (Man United), Danny Welbeck (Man United), Andy Carroll (Liverpool), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham)

35 comments

  • Cannot see goals getting scored - would have loved to have seen Holt in attack with Rooney playing off him - oh well, sorry you missed out Grant, but well done John!

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    Surrey Canary

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • Just 4 centre forwards? 3 of which have scored less than Holt! But well done to Ruddy for his call up. Its a shame Terry gets picked when he should've been called up for a court appearance ages ago, if a fan had made alledged racist remarks they wouldve been in court within days!

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    CanaryCitizen

    Wednesday, May 16, 2012

  • Shrek would be less likely to underperform feeding off Holt, Carroll has the potential but has not shown the character that someone like Holt could provide. I think Holt Wellbeck would also have been a good combo

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    Pondlife

    Wednesday, May 16, 2012

  • Well done to John Ruddy; well deserved. Re Grant Holt, I am not surprised but still very disappointed. It seems that form and the proven ability to score goals in the country's top division are not prerequisites for an England striker...

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    Woolmeister

    Wednesday, May 16, 2012

  • shame for Grant, hope for Englands sake that Carroll makes the grade - he was showing signs of improvement towards the end of the season. Grant Holt has improved so much in fitness this past season and showed that he has skill as well as strength - I'd have given him a go but what do I know?

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    SussexYellow

    Wednesday, May 16, 2012

  • Well done to John Ruddy; well deserved. Re Grant Holt, I am not surprised but still very disappointed. It seems that form and the proven ability to score goals in the country's top division are not prerequisites for an England striker...

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    Woolmeister

    Wednesday, May 16, 2012

  • Holt could teach Carroll a thing or three. About being a grown-up for starters. Woy has confirmed my worst expectations. He is a bland Blazerboy looking to his next severance package. Yet again. He HAD to pick Ruddy, no-brainer. Irongloves, Grant is 2 or 3 years younger than Drogba and has never looked sharper or fitter. Hodgson must manage football on some sort of childrens` computer model. Bad choice of manager. Blazer-clad placeman of the banal buffoons that run the FA.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, May 16, 2012

  • Ahh, 'Big Dunc'... real footballer from a bygone age - not many got past and those that did discovered they'd left their legs behind...

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    Surrey Canary

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • Congratulations John Ruddy and my condolences to Grant Holt. The only bit of sense Woy made was not picking J.Barton. O.T.B.C.

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    yarco

    Wednesday, May 16, 2012

  • In his sad and twisted way, Ged does make a point about the state of English goalkeeping. Ruddy possibly wouldn't have been picked had the likes of Robinson not ruled themselves out. However, that is not Ruddy's fault. He is a decent keeper and won't let England down if called upon. I have said before that he has areas of the game he can improve upon, and I hope that this opportunity gives him the confidence to kick on and become even better next season. It has been interesting hearing former and current coaches of his interviewed today and hearing what they have to say about him. Ourcurrent coach says he is very calm, and doesn't let things get to him if they go wrong and that he is quite a character in and around the place. An ex coach of his said that he had a lot of good attributes ie size and agility, but lacked confidence in himself.

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    Preston Canary

    Wednesday, May 16, 2012

  • Is table football not an adventurous 2 - 5 - 3 formation??

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    Preston Canary

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • Rumour has it the"Cat" was pretty good on a hot tin roof and anywhere else available.....

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • Well done Cruddy! I hope you perform better in the training sessions for England than you did in the majority of our games this year. It's sad that decent keepers like Foster and Robinson have decided to retire from international football, but I guess it at least lets some of the lesser players like our own Mr Cruddy have a bit of involvment with the England squad. Although the fact that Cruddy is 3rd choice behind Green and just in front of Butland says a lot about the sorry state of English goalkeeping at the moment. Ged - A legend, simply a legend. (and celebrity NCFC fan)

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    Ged Steroo

    Wednesday, May 16, 2012

  • Really pleased for John Ruddy but to pick Andy Carroll ahead of Grant Holt is totally ridiculous. Seems form does not come into it. Carroll's 6 goals in the first 40 games this season says it all.

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    Kent Anglian

    Wednesday, May 16, 2012

  • Delighted for JR, he deserves it. He has improved constantly since he has been with Norwich - an inspired signing. We all liked big Fraser Foster but he seems to have allowed himself to be managed into obscurity. Despite all the other business, I do like Terry as a player, he is skillful and has a strong pressence, though Klose did manage to pull him completely out of position in the World Cup. Agree with all the comments, that fowrad line is not going to scare anyone and both Rooney and Caroll are easily goaded into demonstrating their IQs by cynical defenders. I wonder if we will be seeing Woy's trademark "table football" formation with 2 soild lines of four defence. That v Trapattoni's 4-4-2 would be the bore of the century.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, May 16, 2012

  • great for Ruddy in fact ruddy good.Lack of Holt just shows the media power after the nationals gave Carroll too much credit for a couple of good games and oops our new manager followed them. Been trying to think of red stooges occupation and after much thought and giving him the same level of courtesy he shows Lambert and Ruddy etc it must be a merchant banker

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Wednesday, May 16, 2012

  • Ethered, richard. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • Ai yi ai yi, Keelan is better than Yashin; Bryceland is better than Eusebio and 1p5wich are in for a thrashin'

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    Pondlife

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • Im disgusted Andy donkey Carroll has been included over Grant Holt, what a joke

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    Speedy

    Wednesday, May 16, 2012

  • Ethered for the 8th time today. Can`t I talk to my fwiends, pwetty please?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • Tried to talk about the early Subbuteo football game. Little celluloid players glued into convex plastic bases with aircraft cement. They frequently broke off at the ankles, usually following a tackle from one particular homunculus nicknamed "Big Dunc" or "Forbesy". :-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • Great news for Ruddy, but the choice of strikers leaves me cold towards Hodgson and has confirmed I'll wont be following England with much interest this summer. Rooney misses the first 2 games, Welbeck hasn't played in months, Defoe and Carroll don't even play every week for their club sides. I know Walcott and Chamberlain could be seen as attackers but the rest of the midfield is a who's who of journey men that have had their chances for England in the past and not taken advantage. The thought of bringing on Downing with 20 minutes to go when they need to shake it up and chase a goal will have the rest of Europe laughing.

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    Adam Dann

    Wednesday, May 16, 2012

  • Seem to have hit turbulence in the ether. Where`s Mr Spock (Preston) when you need him?.....

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • Swiss, it sounds like you had a later model Subbuteo with 3-dimensional players, unlike the flimsy 2-dimensional celluloid ones I had! I think it was the glue used in assembling them that made their ankles brittle and vulnerable to the "Big Dunc" player. That one must have been made of a different plastic, immune to aircraft cement! Trouble was, when they broke off at the ankles you had to gouge a new slot to re-insert the now truncated player. So you ended up with 10 Wessies and a Big Dunc in each team. Even the goalies ended up as Wessies!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • I once created and donated two trophies for an informal Table Football tournament at a brewery I worked for. The "Two Wrist Trophy". Winner was a figure of a little player with his hands in the air, celebratory style. Looked a bit like Chucky. Runner up got a mini-table footy game inscribed "Loser". It was 7-a-side, working on a 2-4-0 system. Best striker was the goalie. Expect similar from Hodgson.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • I remember having to repaint my Norwich City Subbuteo goalkeeper with my Humbrol enamels so that he had an all-green kit, a darker skin tone and black hair like Kevin Keelan; though this may now be politically incorrect.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • As a follow-on from Swiss`s comment, if we are to play Hodgson`s rigid table football style, should we be competing for the "Two Wrist Trophy"? There`s certainly evidence of wrist activity in that squad selection. England are doomed forever to mediocrity while the Blazers and their placemen obstruct progress. Many have said it; Rooney does not like playing up front on his own. He loses the plot, Red Mist descends. Red Card emerges. Holt would be the perfect, clever, strong and unselfish foil for him. Roo would love it! And if Andy Carroll has an active brain cell, he might learn something. Dream on. At least there`ll be some cricket to watch. Congratulations to Ruddy. It`s onward & upward now!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • Do you all remember the early Subbuteo, with little celluloid men stuck in convex-bottomed plastic bases? They use to break at the ankles, usually after a tackle by one particular homunculus nicknamed "Big Dunc". Also another football game where the toy player would kick upon having a button atop his head firmly pressed. I made a little Trophy for the runner-up in our informal works table football tournament, based on a mini table I bought in a charity shop. I did indeed call it the "Two Wrist Trophy". Being so small, both teams play in a 2-4-0 formation! Goalies tended to be the top scorers.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • Well done ruddy ,shame about holt not getting in squad andy carroll what was hodgson thinking of , but i give hodgson 6months and he will be gone !

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    pink lady

    Wednesday, May 16, 2012

  • To summarize a previously ethered comment, it looks as if Hodgson will play his favourite "table football" formation with two ranks of 4 in defence leaving an unthreatening front line, especially as Rooney is suspended for the first games. A meeting with Trapattoni's 4-4-2 would be the bore of the century.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • Firstly very well deserved congratulations to John Ruddy – very well deserved call up based upon season he has had. But where are the goals going to come from. As well as being suspended for 2 games Shrek always under-performs for England. And the others don’t even play regular football for their team! Picking holt was a no-brainer – maybe they says a lot about new England Manager!

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    AJB

    Wednesday, May 16, 2012

  • You are right Preston, I was letting my imagination get the better of me. I remember WBA playing with two lines of 4 at the back and they looked like that they were operated with two chrome-plated poles joining them together.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • I thought after Dalglish got sacked Roy might have had a change of mind and dumped three of those expensive Liverpool failures, because it just wreaked of doing an old mate a favour so he might keep his job - Carroll, Downing and Henderson in the wings - for heavens sake! I'm thrilled for Ruddy - fully deserved - I'm disappointed for Grant but lets be honest he was always going to be a wild card choice, Crouch was a much safer one especially if you wanted to include another of this seasons bit part players - Dafoe. But Carroll, that's a barking choice, a good end to the season? He's put in no more than 2 good hours worth of play! Grant has done that in spades all season and scored goals too. I'm happy for Ruddy, gutted for Grant and very disappointed with Roy - he should have looked at what England Rugby Union team achieved with a fresh pair of eyes. They raised our spirits and got us believing in the future and a new management team.

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    aeleven

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • At least Holt has silenced his critics- people who said he would'nt hack it in the Championship much less be talked about as a possible England player!Yes,he has done enough to deserve a chance but perhaps his age was against him if Hodgson is looking beyond the Euros.

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    irongloves

    Wednesday, May 16, 2012

  • Fantastic news for John Ruddy, and well deserved ! Gutted for Grant Holt that he didn't make it. When you think that Andy Carroll gets the nod and Holty gets overlooked it's a crying shame. Still, next season Holt will be looking to show what a big mistake it was to leave him out. Ged, you are pathetic ! OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, May 16, 2012

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