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Ruddy wants England return as Norwich prepare for Premier League

Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy is determined to force his way back into England calculations.

The 28-year old was a key member of the Canaries team which gained promotion back to the Premier League via the play-off final win over Middlesbrough on Monday.

Ruddy has played once for England previously - in 2012 against Italy - and now he is back in the top flight, is looking to edge past Burnley's Tom Heaton and QPR's Rob Green who are in Roy Hodgson's latest selection.

"First of all, congratulations to Tom Heaton," said Ruddy as Norwich celebrated their promotion on Tuesday.

"I thought he deserved to get called up to the last England squad, to be honest.

"He's got the call-up for this summer and I'm delighted for him. He's a fantastic keeper and he's done very well for Burnley this season. But, Tom and Rob are dropping down to the Championship.

"The Championship is a gruelling season. It is 46 games and you really feel it by the end. I didn't focus on England at all.

"I knew that playing in the Championship I probably wasn't doing myself any favours, so my main aim was to get back in the Premier League, which we've done.

"Back in the Premier League is where you want to be. And it starts on August 8th."

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