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Foster: I Need To Play More So I Can Go To The World Cup

Ben Foster has given his thoughts after United’s 2-0 victory today, as we make it two wins out of two on the pre-season so far.

Foster is hoping he has more to do in the up-and-coming games and also admits he’s already thinking about next summer’s World Cup.

“It was a good performance,” said Foster. “They didn’t really have any chances. We played some good football at times and the lads got a good work out. I thank my lucky stars I’m a goalkeeper sometimes because with the humidity you just do a little jog and can’t get enough oxygen.”

Foster, whose howler was almost costly at the weekend, admits he was pretty bored during today’s match, before making way for Kuszczak at half time.

“I’d like to have a bit more to do,” he added. “The last match was busier than we thought it was going to be. When you go to these places you don’t expect to do a lot.”

With the World Cup approaching, Foster is focussing on getting in to the United team so that he stands a chance of going to South Africa next summer.

“The next twelve months will be big form me,” he continued. “I’ve got to kick on now. The key for me is to stay fit and play in more games than last season. Ideally I want to be in the England squad at the end of the season. You don’t get too many chances to play at World Cups during your career.”

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  1. Red-Manc says:

    We all agree United are better than ingurland!

    Just hope he does well for United, if he ends up being englands number 1 then good for him.

    United > england ;)

  2. ash says:

    he is the cassilas of spain. he is the next no1 for united and england hope he plays more games.

  3. spenlunc says:

    Definitely you will play if you avoid those comedies you did last season in front of net..I assure you in place of Sir..

  4. schmikes1 says:

    hope fergie gives him more opportunities this season otherwise he may become disillusioned and want a move. he’s a class keeper and has only made the odd error due to his lack of first team match fitness. if he doesn’t play and misses the world cup, i reckon he’ll want to leave for somewhere like spurs so he can get into the euro 2010 squad (if we get there!)

  5. gotta hate tiny tears says:

    i hope he’s up for it

  6. venu says:

    @ash, casillas of ingurland you mean? he’s got potential but let’s not get ahead.. it’ll take a lot to replace VDS, hope we don’t have to get on the old keeper carousel again!!!

  7. theboogeyman says:


    Remember that,Ben.

  8. Cavalry says:

    Foster is just…not as good as I wish he was. He’ll do for now but we should search for someone better. Kuszczak needs to move on if he ever wants to be a first choice keeper. He’s older than Foster, so he’ll be done by the time foster retires or leaves.

  9. gotta hate tiny tears says:

    what ever happened to the 12 million for buffon talk

  10. Gazza says:

    fuck england foster…..United r all tht matters

    United > england

  11. Gudjohnsen says:

    Foster has been waiting on the sidelines for VDS to retire. I guess he deserves a chance when VDS hangs up his boots but I doubt Foster can knock VDS off the starting eleven while he’s still playing.

    Who is England’s number one goalkeeper at the moment? David James? Robert Green? Paul Robinson…lol ? Seriously, what is Capello’s first choice?

    I think Kuzichak (however it’s spelled) is an ok reserve keeper. He will never be more than that at United. In my opinion, if he wishes to stay and be backup for Foster next season he’s more than welcome to do that.

  12. MUFC the Religion says:

    Foster is a great shot stopper, he does drop some clangers but so does Edwin. If Benny gets the mistakes out of his game he will be United and England number 1.

    Just saw a Benitez press conference. He says that Glen Johnson is the quality they need to win the Premiership. The funniest thing he said was that with Voronin coming back, they have a more than capable strike force. Torres fair enough, Voronin, Babel, Kuyt. You having a laugh, is he having a laugh.

  13. Aidan Casserly says:

    his howler the other day was a total disgrace .. he sounds like he was bored today .. he’s not paid to be bored and he wasn’t given a new contract to be bored … I worry he’s a numpty in waiting .. we’ll see … VDS was asleep for the 40 yard drive too …

  14. gotta hate tiny tears says:

    fabio news??

  15. cantona7 says:

    fabio got just a cramp. You can read that SAF said in one of today’s topic.

    I am not so sure yet about Ben Foster, i mean, Casillas is one hell of a keeper, one in a whole generation in any country, just like Buffon is in Italy. And that kind of talent is even rarer than VDS. While Foster is definitely very good, let’s just not get too far ahead. I just hope he stays injury free for a long long time so that he can have his fair chance to oust VDS. Because if he succeeds in displacing VDS as our no1, then that only means we have one of the best GK in the world.

  16. Devilton says:

    I’m sorry, but anybody who compares Casillas to Foster needs to get their eyes checked. Iker showed signs of being world class when he was 18 years old and has lived up to his potential. Foster is still a big unknown at the highest level and whilst i hope he does well this season i’m not alone in thinking that perhaps with his injuries and his confidence in the really big games that we should have a Plan B if EVD decides to retire next year.

    Wanna see the lad succeed, but he hasn’t convinced me yet.

  17. Mezza says:

    ive said it before and ill do it again… kuszczak is better then forster, he might have something im not seeing, but hes not ready to step up just yet..

  18. aig alex is god says:


    I think both are poor and not even close to being united class.we need to signa good Gk

    maybe Diego Lopez from villareal or Diego alves from Almeria


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