Ruddy to miss Euro 2012 through injury

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John RuddyEngland goalkeeper John Ruddy has been ruled out of Euro 2012 after breaking his finger in training. The Norwich player was making his first appearance in the national squad after being named in the 23 for Poland and Ukraine by new England (9/2 to reach semi final) manager Roy Hodgson.


Manchester City's Joe Hart is England's (11/1 to win Euro 2012) first-choice keeper with West Ham United's Robert Green his deputy. Third choice Ruddy will be replaced by Birmingham City’s Jack Butland. The 19-year-old, who was previously on the standby list, will join up with the squad next week ahead of the final warm-up game with Belgium on the 2nd June.


Ruddy’s injury caps a disappointing end to what has been an impressive first season in the Premier League, in which he helped Norwich to a 12th-place finish. His replacement Butland has yet to make a senior appearance for Birmingham or England (9/4 to finish 2nd in Group D) but made 24 appearances for League Two Cheltenham during a loan spell this season, in which he kept 11 clean.


England (13/8 to win Group D) also have injury concerns over defender Glen Johnson and striker Danny Welbeck ahead of the match in Oslo. Liverpool full-back Johnson limped out of Thursday's training session in Manchester with an infected toe, while Manchester United's Welbeck trained on his own but left the session early.

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