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Monday 21 May 2012

Ruddy: Norwich will get stronger

Canaries keeper confident club can build on impressive return to Barclays Premier League

John Ruddy was a regular starter for Norwich City during the 2011/12 season

Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy says he expects the Canaries to be 'fitter and stronger' next season.

The East Anglian club impressed on their return to the Barclays Premier League, finishing 12th, only five points behind eighth-placed Liverpool.

Ruddy's form during the season earned him a call-up to Roy Hodgson's England squad for the summer's European Championship in Poland and Ukraine.

"Everyone to a man will make sure they come back stronger and fitter than last season"
- John Ruddy

The 25-year-old said he remained optimistic about the club's chances next season.

"I just think as long as we have got the same spirit that's in the squad at the moment, then we can replicate what we have done this year and that's what we will aim to do," he said.

"I know everyone to a man will make sure they come back stronger and fitter than last season, and make sure we are ready to go again."

Ruddy added: "The main aim is to stay in the league. If we do that by doing exactly what we've done this year, then so be it.

"It doesn't matter. Everyone wants improvement every year, but when you are in this League it's just about staying in it."

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Key Points

  • Norwich keeper John Ruddy confident club can build on debut season success
  • Canaries finished 12th on return to Barclays Premier League
  • Ruddy's performances earned him call up for England for Euro 2012