Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy believes that his side's Premier League survival battle is more important than the race to gain a place in Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad.

Ruddy, who is set to go head to head with the likes of Jack Butland and Fraser Forster for a place in the England team, has ranked the Canaries' Premier League survival as a bigger priority.

"Staying up in the Premier League is more important than the World Cup, any day of the week. It's my bread and butter. It provides me and my family with a livelihood," Ruddy is quoted as saying in the Daily Mirror.

"The World Cup is a fantastic opportunity but this is my career; week in, week out. My target is to stay in the Premier League first and foremost.

"I don't mean to be dismissive of it or arrogant, but England is not within my thinking. When we get safe, it'll be in the forefront of my thoughts but now staying in the Premier League with Norwich is my only aim," Ruddy added.

With Joe Hart set to be England's number one, and Ben Foster's England sabbatical now over, Ruddy believes that he is in a battle with Celtic shot-stopper Fraser Forster for the third place in the squad.

"It's pretty clear Joe Hart is No.1 and it's well-deserved. He's had his troubles but I think he's shown what a fantastic character and goalkeeper he is to bounce back.

"I think it's also clear Ben (Foster) will go. He doesn't come out of retirement for no reason. Then it's one place left, between me and Fraser (Forster) - hopefully playing in the Premier League will give me an edge - it probably should," Ruddy added.

Norwich are currently four points away from the drop zone, and face Aston Villa in today's late kick-off.

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