Tue, 13 Nov 2012 11:09:00 – Norwich stopper John Ruddy has dismissed suggestions of an England goalkeeping crisis - insisting the future is in safe hands.
Ruddy is one of just four English goalkeepers considered as first-choice for Premier League clubs, alongside Manchester City's Joe Hart, Ben Foster of West Bromwich Albion and Reading's Alex McCarthy.
Hart is the undisputed No.1 for his country and, with Foster retired from international football and Under 21 cap McCarthy yet to receive senior recognition, Ruddy is battling Birmingham teenager Jack Butland to be his understudy.
But Ruddy, 26, does not believe there is a shortage of talent for Roy Hodgson to pick from.
"A lot of people just look at the Premier League and the bigger clubs and say, 'oh there's no England goalkeepers'," he said. "But that's not the case at all.
"There's a lot of good goalkeepers around, like Jack Butland is proving in the Championship and Jason Steele is doing well at Middlesbrough."
Ruddy hopes to be given his chance in Wednesday's friendly against Sweden after keeping three clean sheets in Norwich's last four Premier League games.
He added: "We've got four clean sheets this season already and if we keep clean sheets we will win a lot more games than we draw."
The Cumbrians, who released their statement ahead of the club's annual general meeting, also confirmed turnover was down ?652,141.
A club statement read: "Excluding depreciation and amortisation, the company had an operating loss of ?124,329 with some key areas of movement.
"The turnover was down ?652,141 - all of which was attributable to less football income (Johnstone's Paint Trophy/Football League Trophy income was reduced by ?420k, player sales reduced by ?105k and FA Cup income reduced by ?41k).
"In terms of expenses, player basic wages were reduced compared to 2011, although bonus payments for league position were higher, and in return we did not achieve a play-off position or increased crowds."
The club is hoping to realise savings of ?230,000 in running costs by the end of the 2012/13 financial year.