'Keeper coach speaks exclusively in Saturday's programmeIN AN exclusive interview in Saturday’s official match programme, Norwich City and England goalkeeper coach Dave Watson reports on John Ruddy’s progress this season and looks ahead to this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
Watson is already guaranteed his place at this summer's World Cup Finals – and Canary supporters will hope to see him joined by Ruddy on the plane to Brazil.
City's stopper has worked with Watson on a daily basis over the last two seasons; the 27-year-old has yet to add to his one England appearance against Italy in August 2012, but Watson believes the City star's game has continued to improve.
“I think certainly for John he's coming to the age now where he should be peaking,” says Watson.
“If you asked over the 18 months I've worked with him at the football club, I think certainly between us we've made massive strides forward for him.
“I think positionally and technically we've made some big lea[s forward in the 18 months and I see it week-in and week-out. He's improved and developed over the 18 months, and certainly his strength and conditioning programmes have made him a better athlete over the 18 months that I've been here.
Watson is looking forward to this summer's World Cup Finals in Brazil – although Norwich's top-flight survival is still his main priority before he turns his attention to England's group fixtures against Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica.
“There is no doubt that it's a massive tonic and a boost for me to have that at the end of the season, and I just intend to go and do what I do here every day really – and that's give it my best shot, and really enjoy the experience of being part of an England team travelling to Brazil for a World Cup," he added.
“It's obviously a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I intend to embrace it and do all I can to try and make England successful, but you can't take away from the fact that the reality is that Norwich is my day-to-day job.
"That's the job that pays the bills, and certainly I'd like to go to Brazil knowing that we're going to be a Premier League team next year."
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