Friday 25 May 2012
Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy has been ruled out of the European Championship after breaking his finger in training.
The Canaries stopper, 25, had received his first call-up under new England manager Roy Hodgson and was competing with Joe Hart and Rob Green for the number one spot.
Ruddy will go with the England squad to Norway for their friendly on Saturday, but when they return home he will join up with his club.
"Ruddy will travel to Norway with the squad and watch the game"
- The FA
His place in the 23-man squad will now be taken by Birmingham City keeper Jack Butland.
A statement on the Football Association's official website read: "The FA can confirm that Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy broke his finger in training on Thursday and has been ruled out of UEFA Euro 2012.
"Ruddy was assessed by the England medical staff and will not be able to be part of the tournament.
"He will travel with the squad to Norway on Friday and watch the game on Saturday evening, but return to his club after arriving back in England.
"Birmingham City goalkeeper Jack Butland, who was previously on the standby list, will join up next week and be part of the squad in preparation for the Belgium game and the tournament in Poland and Ukraine."
Ruddy made 37 Barclays Premier League appearances for Norwich on their return to the top flight this season, impressing as they finished 12th.
Manchester City keeper Joe Hart is expected to be Hodgson's choice for the tournament, which starts on Friday June 8th.