Ruddy Out?

Scott Heavey

Well, according to Sky Sports sources that is.

With Roy Hodgson set to announce his provisional England squad later today, it was obvious there will be rumors of who's in and who's out. For example, Ashley Cole has been informed by Roy Hodgson that he's been left out probably due to his stature among England internationals, and then decides to call it quits from international duty.

John Ruddy could possibly be on that list, as Sky Sports has mentioned that he has been omitted from Roy Hodgson's squad according to their sources. Ruddy was in England's 30-man squad against Denmark back in March, and along with Ben Foster (West Bromwich Albion) and Fraser Forster (Celtic) is competing for two spots as Joe Hart's backup. The 27-year old goalkeeper has this to say after his team's final game against Arsenal:

"I'm not sure if I'm in there - I'll play that by the ear".

"it would certainly be a bittersweet moment if it did happen. It's out of my hands though, so we'll wait and see for the phone call".

With Norwich City being relegated to the Championship, an England call-up for the World Cup would definitely be a bittersweet moment as Ruddy mentioned. Compared to other England goalkeepers, John Ruddy's overall match rating stands at 6.67, a mere 0.03 point below Hart, and higher than Foster by 0.1 points (via whoscored.com). He also has 12 clean sheets in the league, just one below Hart's 13 clean sheets. In fact, its fair to say that without Ruddy, Norwich could probably concede more than 62 goals.

We shall find out soon enough whether its true that Ruddy has been left out, with Roy announcing his squad later this afternoon.

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