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Ruddy denied England start

Fraser Forster has been preferred to Norwich City's John Ruddy. Credit: PA

Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy has missed out on a first England start after Roy Hodgson named Celtic's Fraser Forster in goal for tonight's televised clash with Chile.

The Canaries stopper had been hoping to be given the nod after Hodgson announced yesterday that regular no.1 Joe Hart wouldn't start the game.

However, Ruddy could still appear from the substitutes' bench with Hodgson refusing to rule out giving run-outs to both Ruddy and Forster.

You can see tonight's game live on ITV, with coverage starting at 19:30.

Everton loanee to stay with U's until new year

Everton youngster Luke Garbutt has extended his loan spell with Colchester United for a second time. Credit: PA

Everton youngster Luke Garbutt has extended his loan spell with Colchester United for a second time, and will now stay in Essex until 4 January.

Garbutt and been a regular member of Joe Dunne's side since initially joining in September, and the 20-year-old scored his first goal for the U's in last weekend's FA Cup defeat to Sheffield United.

He'll miss Saturday's clash with Swindon Town but will be available for all of Colchester's festive fixtures as they look to push themselves up the League One table.


U's boss concerned about attendances

Colchester United manager Joe Dunne admits that he is concerned about the club's falling attendances but says that he can understand why some supporters can't afford to watch.

A crowd of just over 2,500 were present to watch last week's FA Cup exit to Sheffield United, but the U's will be hoping for greater backing this weekend when they host play-off chasing Swindon Town.

Key bowler signs Essex contract extension

David Masters has agreed a new deal to stay at Essex. Credit: PA

Veteran Essex bowler David Masters has signed a one-year contract extension with the county.

The 35-year-old joined Essex in 2007 from Leicestershire and has been the leading First-Class wicket-taker at the club for four years in a row.

He made 16 LV=County Championship appearances last season, taking an impressive 51 wickets in the process.

He'll now stay with Essex until the end of the 2015 season.

Speaking to the club's official website, Masters said that he was happy to extend his stay:

“I am very happy to a have signed a new contract with Essex.

"Being 35-years-old, this will take me up the age of 37 and I want to play for as long as I can.

"This is a great step for me to continue playing cricket for as long as I can continue to perform on the pitch."

Former Town keeper thanks club after winning cancer battle

Former Ipswich Town goalkeeper Márton Fülöp has thanked the club for their support during his battle with cancer.

The Hungarian announced that he was putting his career on hold in the summer in order to undergo treatment to remove a tumour on his arm.

However, 30-year-old Fülöp has now recovered and has started training again with a view to finding a new club.

Ruddy in line for first England start?

John Ruddy and Fraser Forster are involved in a battle to start against Chile. Credit: PA

Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy is in contention for a first England start, after Three Lions manager Roy Hodgson confirmed that regular no.1 Joe Hart definitely won't be the man between the sticks for Friday's clash with Chile at Wembley.

It means that either Ruddy or former Canaries loanee Fraser Forster will be named in the starting eleven, although Hodgson refused to confirm which keeper will get the nod.

"John (Ruddy) was with us from the beginning and I have had time with him and have had Fraser (Forster) with us for over a year. I will make that decision on whether I choose both or one tomorrow."

Ruddy has made one appearance for England so far, coming on as a substitute in a 2-1 victory over Italy in August 2012.

You can see if Ruddy can add to his solitary cap live on ITV tomorrow, with coverage starting at 19:30 pm.


U's loanee recalled as Ipswich youngster heads to Gillingham

Jeffrey Monakana has been recalled by parent club Preston North End. Credit: PA

Colchester United loanee Jeffrey Monakana has been recalled by parent club Preston North End.

The 20-year-old winger made an impressive contribution during his time in Essex, scoring on his debut against Bradford City in September and going on to to make nine appearances for the U's in total.

Monakana will now hope to force his way into the starting line-up at Deepdale, with promotion-chasing Preston currently sitting in fourth place in League One.

Elliott Hewitt will spend the next month at Gillingham. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, Ipswich Town youngster Elliott Hewitt has signed for Gillingham on a 28-day loan deal.

The Wales under-21 international has made four appearances for Town this season, and will be aiming to get minutes under his belt at the Priestfield Stadium.

Saints stars keep their places for All Blacks test

Courtney Lawes, Lee Dickson and Tom Wood are among the Saints stars who will take the field against New Zealand. Credit: PA

Northampton Saints stars Dylan Hartley, Courtney Lawes, Tom Wood, Lee Dickson and Ben Foden have all retained their starting spots for this weekend's final autumn international against New Zealand at Twickenham.

The quintet all played key parts in last Saturday's 31-12 victory over Argentina and have been selected again by Head Coach Stuart Lancaster for the showdown with the All Blacks.

Saints skipper Hartley will earn his 50th cap for England in the fixture, whilst Norfolk-born brothers Tom and Ben Youngs have been named as replacements.

England team to face New Zealand:

Mike Brown (Harlequins), Chris Ashton (Saracens), Joel Tomkins (Saracens), Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester), Ben Foden (Northampton Saints), Owen Farrell (Saracens), Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints)

Joe Marler (Harlequins), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), D Cole (Leicester Tigers), Joe Launchbury (London Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Tom Wood (Northampton Saints), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, captain), Billy Vunipola (Saracens)


Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers), Matt Mullan (London Wasps), David Wilson (Bath), Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers), Ben Morgan (Gloucester), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers), Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers), Alex Goode (Saracens)

Saints star Pisi handed six-week ban

George Pisi has been handed a six-week ban. Credit: PA

Northampton Saints centre George Pisi has been given a six-week ban following a tackle while playing for Samoa against Ireland on Saturday.

Pisi was cited for a dangerous tackle on Ireland wing Tommy Bowe during Samoa's 40 points to 9 defeat in Dublin.

The ban means he'll miss three Premiership matches, plus Saints' European double-header against Leinster.

Alex Corbisiero will play no part against New Zealand. Credit: PA

Meanwhile Saints and England prop Alex Corbisiero has been ruled out of Saturday's match against New Zealand after a reoccurrence of a knee injury.

The 25-year-old was rated as a doubt and has now failed to sufficiently prove his fitness.

Town defender to skipper All Whites

Tommy Smith will lead New Zealand out against Mexico. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town defender Tommy Smith will captain New Zealand in their crucial World Cup qualifying playoff against Mexico later today.

Smith has been handed the armband in the absence of regular skipper Winston Reid who has been ruled out with an ankle injury.

New Zealand qualified for the intercontinental playoff as Oceania group winners, whilst Mexico finished in 4th place in the CONCACAF section.

The All Whites are likely to face an intimidating atmosphere in the iconic Azteca stadium, before heading back to Wellington for the second leg next week.

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