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Foster would consider comeback

August 3, 2011

New West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster will only consider ending his current England exile if an injury to Joe Hart prompts a call from Fabio Capello.

Ben Foster
GettyImagesBen Foster: Quit England last year

Foster, signed on loan from Birmingham, opted to put his international career on temporary hold towards the end of last season after injuries to his back and thumb.

The 28-year-old is maintaining that stance even though he is now fully fit, but would consider a comeback if Hart was ruled out.

Foster said: "I'm happy with the way things are. I'm enjoying just playing club football. When the international break comes along, I find it's a good chance to recharge the batteries and try and take your mind off football a bit.

"At the moment, I play my club football, I go home and have time with my family. That's absolutely brilliant. That's how I operate best as a footballer. But if something does happen to Joe, and the manager gives me a call and says 'we're desperate for you to come back in' then I can consider it. I can always consider it.''

Foster added: "Even players who are fully retired from international football can consider coming back. That's always the case for them as well. If they're short of numbers for a certain position then they're always going to get the call.

"You've seen it with Jamie Carragher and Paul Scholes, people like that. Even if you're fully retired, you never fully close the door.''

Foster insists criticism about his stance with England does not concern him.

He said: "I'm fine with that. I'm not someone who's too much into the media and the celebrity side. I play my football and go home. I don't watch too much telly either to be honest. I go home and play with my kids. That's about it. I take no notice of tabloids and newspapers. It's fine.''

Foster sympathises with Birmingham's plight since being relegated from the Premier League with a host of players leaving.

He said: "I think the lads knew that if we got relegated it wasn't going to be great .

"We knew a lot of players would have to leave just to steady the ship. But for it to have gone the way it has, I think the fans are understandably gutted.

"You see the players that have gone and the amounts that they've gone for as well. But that's the way it is. Clubs know they're in trouble and know they need money, so they're not going to offer stupid money for players straight away.''