Hughton's message to England hopefuls

Last Updated: Thu, 17 Oct 2013 17:05
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Norwich manager Chris Hughton has told his England World Cup hopefuls to perform well for the Canaries until May and earn their place.

Goalkeeper John Ruddy was the only Canary in Roy Hodgson's squad for the wins over Montenegro and Poland which sealed England's place at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.

Striker Gary Hooper targeted an England place after moving from Celtic, while England Under-21 winger Nathan Redmond has been mentioned as a possible World Cup wildcard selection after impressing since his summer switch from Birmingham.

"It's an exciting prospect for England that they have now qualified and it's up to every player to do well enough in a season," Hughton said.

"They have a season of opportunity to force their way into the reckoning. It's a really good opportunity for everybody."

Hooper has been limited to four appearances and two goals for Norwich, but Hughton has confidence in the former Scunthorpe front man.

Hughton added: "He's a good player, Gary. Unfortunately for us he got injured the week before the season started. But he's now back fit."

Hughton understands if Hodgson wants to assess Redmond, but cautioned against promoting the winger too soon.

"It's his (Hodgson's) responsibility to look at as many players as he can, because you never know," Hughton said.

"At this moment for Nathan it's him concentrating on being a regular member of the Under-21s."

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