Norwich 'keeper has a wedding and a place in England's Euro 2012 squad to look forward to.
Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy spoke of his double delight today as he found out not only has been called up for England duties this summer, but he has also been granted special leave by The FA to go ahead with his wedding to fiance Laura, despite a clash of dates.
Ruddy is one of three ‘keepers in Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2012 squad and will link up with fellow stoppers Joe Hart and Robert Green.
The 25-year-old has played in all but one of the Canaries' Premier League matches this season and the England call-up is a fitting reward for his fine performances.
Ruddy's form at club level has been so good that he was voted Norwich’s Players' Player of the Season and he was runner-up in the Norwich City Player of the Season award.
"It's a real honour for me and hopefully it's an indication as to how far I have developed as a player with Norwich City and how far we've developed as a squad at Norwich,” Ruddy told the official Norwich City website.
"Playing for my country has been a dream of mine, of course it has. I think as a professional you always want to progress as high as you can within the game and it's fantastic to get the chance to work with the England staff and players.
"I'm under no illusions as to the quality of Joe Hart and Rob Green and that I will be No.3 'keeper. But I'm really looking forward to training with them and getting down to some hard work."
The Canaries No.1 will now meet up with his new England colleagues next week ahead of warm-up matches away to Norway on 26 May and Belgium on 2 June at Wembley.
Ruddy is scheduled to marry his partner Laura on the day of the Belgium game and had been bracing himself for the possibility of having to cancel the wedding if England came calling. But he can relax now as the wedding can still go ahead as planned.
"I'm absolutely delighted and so grateful to The Football Association for agreeing to let me go ahead and get married,” he said.
“It would have been a nightmare after one and a half years of planning to have to postpone the wedding so it's a major relief that we can still go ahead."