Ruddy waits on new England call
Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy is keeping everything crossed for a second chance to earn another call-up to the England squad.
Ruddy was selected for his country for the first time by Roy Hodgson for Euro 2012, but then saw his hopes of being involved in Poland and Ukraine dashed by a broken finger on only his second day of training with the national team. The 25-year-old was bitterly disappointed to miss out on the experience as his place in the group ended up going to Birmingham City youngster Jack Butland, who travelled to the tournament as third choice stopper behind Joe Hart and Robert Green. However, Ruddy is now over the injury and ready to link-up with England if Hodgson opts to give him a call for a friendly against Italy in Switzerland on August 15. He told the Sunday Mirror: "It's always at the back of your mind that you might get an England chance again. "It was a blow to miss out and it was a strange kind of injury. I went to gather a ball during my second training session and it dipped and caught the end of my finger. "But I'm fit and I would love to be part of the England squad again and, hopefully, that will happen."