Norwich City boss Chris Hughton has backed John Ruddy to challenge Joe Hart for a starting England spot, after he was selected in the squad to face Moldova and Ukraine.
England number one Hart has been under pressure in recent weeks after some high-profile errors, and Hughton believes his goalkeeper can pile the pressure on Hart this season.
He said: "If I look at the progress he has made over the last few seasons he has the capabilities to really push for a place.
"I think he has done well and has put himself in position to put pressure on the position. And that's how it should be. Anyone who is involved in an international squad should be there on merit and feel they can put real competition on that position."
England boss Roy Hodgson recently backed the ailing Hart, despite costly errors in the friendly win over Scotland and Manchester City's shock 3-2 defeat at newly-promoted Cardiff City but he will certainly be under pressure to impress in England's next set of World Cup qualifying matches.
And, along with Celtic's Fraser Forster, Ruddy is waiting in the wings should he be given a chance to impress the England boss.
Hughton added: "He's a big personality, a big frame, and his performances for us over the last few seasons have very much warranted him being in that international squad."
Hart will remain first choice for the time being, but as the World Cup draws ever nearer fans will begin to call for change should his form continue to dip.
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