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Ruddy in goal for Wolves at Wembley

John Ruddy will keep goal for Wolves in the FA Cup semi-final, boss Nuno Espirito Santo has revealed.

Nuno says he has decided to keep faith with Ruddy for the Wembley showdown with Watford, just as he has done in all the other five FA Cup ties this season.

It means Rui Patricio, his first choice in the Premier League, will again be sidelined in the competition.

Asked which goalkeeper would play on Sunday, Nuno said: “Ruddy. He’s done very good in all the games he has played.

Last season he was amazing, this season he has been fantastic. I have full and total confidence in John, Rui (Patricio) and Will (Norris), but on Sunday it’s going to be John.”

Nuno refused to look beyond the semi-final when asked who would keep goal if Wolves reach the final.

We have to play the game first. We have played five games in the Cup,” he said.

VAR replays will be shown live in an English stadium for the first time and Nuno is delighted with the format.

VAR is coming to our reality, it’s going to be there,” he said. “As maximum and as clear as VAR is going to be, it’s going to be helpful for everybody.

First we have to educate ourselves as players, coaches involved in the game, then there is a step to educate ourselves – fans, media.

This is a good approach to show what they are judging. There will always be different opinions, but that’s football.”

Wolves have already won at Wembley before this season, when they beat Tottenham 3-1 away in December.

Nuno believes the previous experience won’t have any bearing on the semi-final.

What helps us is the way we prepare ourselves, the way we have been working,” he added. “What happened before honestly is not a help.

The way we start game is important, and our preparation has been good this week.

We’re working, respecting our idea and our game plan. The preparation and how you compete is the big help you have.”