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Hughton: World Cup incentive

Norwich City manager Chris Hughton hopes the incentive of a World Cup place next summer can inspire his squad to greater heights this season.

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Chris Hughton: Norwich boss hopes World Cup incentive will inspire players

Chris Hughton: Norwich boss hopes World Cup incentive will inspire players

Goalkeeper John Ruddy was the only Norwich player in Roy Hodgson's England squad last week, but Hughton cited Gary Hooper and Nathan Redmond as two names that he believes should be out to impress.

"It's an exciting prospect for England that they have now qualified and it's up to every player to do well enough in a season," Hughton said.

"They have a season of opportunity to force their way into the reckoning. It's a really good opportunity for everybody.

"Unfortunately for us Gary got injured the week before the season started. But he's now back fit.

"At this moment for Nathan it's him concentrating on being a regular member of the Under 21s."

Anthony Pilkington picked up a hamstring injury in training with the Republic of Ireland which forced his early return, but he could yet feature at Arsenal on Saturday.

Norwich came close to taking three points from the Emirates in April before Arsenal scored three late goals to dash those hopes, and Hughton knows they will face another stern test this weekend.

"Last season, going into our eighth game we had three points," Hughton said.

"It is very, very early days yet. We're four points better off than we were last season and last season ended up not too bad.

"We played very well there last season. We felt we were very hard done by and unfortunate not to get something out of the game.

"You can't go to the Emirates with any type of fear. You've got to go there to do your best to get something from the game.

"You know the qualities they've got and you know you've got to try to stop the qualities that they have. It's a real good opportunity for us."

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