Hodgson full of praise for Norwich keeper Ruddy

England coach Roy Hodgson holds great confidence in Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy.

England coach Roy Hodgson holds great confidence in Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy.

With Manchester City's Joe Hart still troubled by a back injury, additional attention will now be paid to Ruddy's performances at Norwich to give Hodgson a bit more information on a keeper whose presence in Switzerland was overshadowed by Jack Butland's confirmation as the youngest goalkeeper in England history.

"Forty-five minutes is a small sample to make a decision on but he showed a lot of composure and a lot of character," said Hodgson.

"What we have to do now is watch him very closely.

"There won't be a Norwich match he plays where I don't get a good report because we need to get a better grip on how he is as a goalkeeper.

"When I selected him for Euro 2012 it was a fairly quick decision based on not an awful lot of knowledge."

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