Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Foster in line for England callup

21 March 2009 08:37
The Italian was highly impressed with Foster in United's recent Carling Cup final triumph over Tottenham, when the 26-year-old made the crucial save in the penalty shoot-out, and in the FA Cup win at Fulham on Mar 7.

Although the young goalkeeper has been marginalised from the United first team this season by Edwin van der Sar, playing only in cup competitions, Capello has trusted in youth before - notably in selecting Manchester City's Joe Hart - and disclosed he has overlooked Foster until now solely because of a long-running cruciate ligament injury.

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'This time I want to select Foster, because this time he is fit whereas always before he was injured,' Capello said. 'When I arrived here, everybody told me that Foster was a very good goalkeeper. I watched him at Wembley [in the Carling Cup] and he surprised me, in confidence, in everything.'

While England so far have a flawless Group Six record in their World Cup qualification campaign, Capello is poised to have a tough test of his transformative influence in the friendly with Slovakia next Saturday and the critical group match against Ukraine.

'We will be a little bit more tired because of having played more games,' Capello admitted. 'For that reason I will make six substitutions against Slovakia. This time the fans will be the 12th player on the pitch, I'm sure, after our victories. I feel that the crowd will be with us. We need them.'


Source: Telegraph