Birmingham City stopper Ben Foster taking a break from international football

Birmingham City goalkeeper Ben Foster has announced that he is to take his leave from international football for an indefinite period.

Ben Foster - Self-imposed international exile

The 28-year-old Birmingham goalkeeper has been No2 to Manchester City stopper Joe Hart since last year’s World Cup, but the former Manchester United ‘keeper has struggled with a series of injury problems.

Foster told Birmingham’s official website: “Performing at the highest level game in, game out, and particularly when there’s been as many matches as there have been this season, really takes it out of your body.”

His decision, comes a year after he was left out of the England squad for the World Cup by coach Fabio Capello.

He said: “It’s no secret that I’ve had a few niggling injuries and that I’ve had to pull out of the past few England squads because of that.

“I’ve spoken to the management team and coaches here at Blues and told them what I want to do but it’s also very important that I say just how much I have loved playing for England and being part of the set-up.

“I’ve enjoyed my time with England and am certainly not closing a door on the international side of things forever but this is the right thing for me to do right now in terms of club football.

“Inevitably every time I’ve had the opportunity to give my body a rest there has been an international fixture and the demands that come with that. In Joe [Hart], England have a goalkeeper who is extremely talented and a top guy and he is an excellent custodian for the national side to have. I have no doubt he is going to go on to be one of the greatest.

“This is the right decision for me as I want to prolong my club career for as long as possible.”

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