Holland v England

Foster out of England squad

August 11, 2009
By Soccernet staff

England goalkeeper Ben Foster has been ruled out of Wednesday's international friendly against Holland in Amsterdam.

Ben Foster
GettyImagesBen Foster: Pickes up "a knock"

The 26-year-old, who has taken over as Manchester United No.1 with Edwin van der Sar sidelined with a broken finger, picked up a knock during Sunday's FA Community Shield defeat against Chelsea.

Manchester City's Joe Hart, who is currently on loan at Birmingham City, has been called up as a replacement. England's first-choice goalkeeper David James is laid up with knee injury and was not named in Fabio Capello's original squad.

A statement from the FA read: "Ben Foster has returned to Manchester United having picked up a knock during Sunday's FA Community Shield against Chelsea.

"Joe Hart has been called into the squad as a replacement."

Holland have already qualified for World Cup 2010 in South Africa and England are on course to join them having won all seven of their qualifying games.