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Ben Foster out of England squad as injury curse strikes again for the Manchester United keeper

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10 Aug 2009 17:44:57

Ben Foster out of England squad as injury curse strikes again for the Manchester United keeper

Ben Foster has withdrawn from the England squad ahead of Wednesday's friendly international against Holland, due to what has been described as 'a minorinjury'. The Manchester United goalkeeper took a slight knock during the Community Shield match against Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday. Joe Hart, currently on a season-long loan from Manchester City to Birmingham, has been called up as a replacement for Foster. Twenty-six-year-old Foster has made just two appearances for England, both in friendlies, making his debut in February 2007 in a home defeat against Spain. He returned in the 4-0 home win over Slovakia in March. Hart joins Blackburn's Paul Robinson in the squad, with West Ham's Robert Green thought to be the favourite to start in the Amsterdam Arena. United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will be keen to know the extent of Foster's injury as his first-choice keeper Edwin van der Sar has already been ruled out for six weeks with a hand injury. Foster had hoped to vye with Van der Sar for a starting place at Old Trafford this season in a bid to win a place at next summer's World Cup. The former Stoke City player appeared to be in pain after colliding with Didier Drogbashortly before Ricardo Carvalho scored Chelsea's second in the 2-2 drawbetween United and the Blues. Foster was fit to take part in the shoot-out, but could not prevent his side losing 4-1 on penalties. The 26-year-old, who has previously suffered lengthy absences with cruciate ligament injuries, had a difficult day at Wembley, struggling with coming for crosses, as well as his control and kicking when dealing with back passes. Ferguson may now turn to Poland international Tomasz Kuszczak for the Barclays Premier League season opener against Birmingham on Sunday.


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