Birmingham keeper Ben Foster determined to take back England jersey

21 May 2010 05:40
New Birmingham goalkeeper Ben Foster is aiming to reclaim his England place for Euro 2012.   [LNB]Foster has made the £6million switch to St Andrew's after missing out on Fabio Capello's squad for the World Cup finals this summer.   [LNB]He had effectively become third choice at Manchester United - behind Edwin van der Sar and Tomasz Kuszczak.   [LNB] On a mission: Keeper Foster is desperate to be involved with England again[LNB]But the 27-year-old is looking to make the same impact for Birmingham as Joe Hart, who is heading to South Africa with England after a successful season on loan from Manchester City.   [LNB]Foster said: 'I know I was at Manchester United, the biggest club in the world, but I don't enjoy not playing regular first-team football.   [LNB]  'Training is all well and good but matches do it for me. In the last two or three years I've played 20-odd games and it is no good and to be fair to Edwin, he can go on for another two or three years.   [LNB]'He is that fit. I think the main concern was, when Edwin signed his new deal, everyone knew he is going to be the No 1 keeper next season.   [LNB]'He could go on for another few years after that as well. He is a fantastic keeper. I'm 27, I just need first-team football now, enough is enough and it is time to move on.'[LNB]Foster admitted: 'The lack of football has cost me at the end of the day in terms of England.   [LNB]'I am not on the plane to South Africa and I can't argue with the manager's decision. I've played one (first-team) game in seven months.   [LNB]'I've seen Mr Capello at a few matches with United this season and he has asked me what is going on and things like that.   [LNB] Fresh start: Foster will be playing for Birmingham boss Alex McLeish next season[LNB]'I think he will be fairly pleased that I am looking to play some first-team football now.  [LNB] 'I'll get behind the country now like the rest of the fans and hope we do really well in the tournament.   [LNB]'For me the aim is to well with Birmingham and get back with England for the next European Championships.'[LNB]Foster is adamant his relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson remains undamaged after bringing to an end his five-year spell at United.   [LNB]He said: 'Had my relationship with Sir Alex become strained by the end? No definitely not. I've read quite a few things saying that we had a massive barney after the Sunderland game. [LNB]'A barney involves two people talking. It was mainly just one person. But the relationship was definitely not strained. [LNB]'Sir Alex has been fantastic with me and I've read some nice things he said the other day which is fantastic to hear.   [LNB]'It gives you a boost. You never have to say anything when a player leaves his club. I got on with the manager really well up until the end which unfortunately had to come.'[LNB] Foster seals £6m Birmingham switch after being frozen out at Man UnitedFerguson insists Birmingham-bound Foster is still best English goalkeeper Ups and downs: Our guide to the all the promotion and relegation dramaPREMIER LEAGUE PRE-SEASON: Every club's summer fixture plansMANCHESTER UNITED FC

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