Foster sets sights on England return

22 May 2010 12:36
en Foster is aiming to reclaim his England place for Euro 2012 after Edwin van der Sar's form meant he had to quit Manchester United.[LNB] Foster has made a £6million switch to Birmingham after missing out on Fabio Capello's squad for the World Cup finals this summer.[LNB]He had effectively become third choice at United - behind Van Der Sar and Tomasz Kuszczak.[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 (van der Sar) 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 number one '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 few matches with United this season and he has asked me what is going on and things like that.[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]"The manager (Capello) did play me in a few games so he did see something in me that he quite likes so, with the chance to play first-team football, hopefully I'll be able to get back in there again with England."[LNB]Foster concedes he has a hard act to follow in Hart but is ready for the challenge.[LNB]He said: "Joe did fantastically well last season. He is a fantastic 'keeper. To be honest, I never expected anything other than that from Joe.[LNB]"I've got to follow on from that. They are fairly big gloves to fill but I am confident in my own ability and pretty confident I can do it as well.[LNB]"I didn't speak to him directly before coming to Birmingham but, when I was with the England squad and Joe was involved, he just told me about the club, the goalkeeping coach, the manager, things like that, what the lads are like.[LNB]"He only had positive things to say, how much of a good time he used to have, and you saw he didn't really want to go back to Manchester City.[LNB]"He wanted to stay for another season at Birmingham which is understandable because he has had a good year this year and you just want to be playing first-team football."

Source: Team_Talk