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Foster braced for criticism

England goalkeeper Ben Foster is expecting criticism after ending his self-imposed two-year exile from international football.

Last Updated: 19/03/13 at 06:30 Post Comment

Ben Foster remains positive over his return to the England set-up

Ben Foster remains positive over his return to the England set-up

Roy Hodgson has selected Foster for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro and the 29-year-old West Brom stopper is realistic over the reception that awaits.

He said: "Everyone is going to have their opinion. I don't mind that. If people criticise me for wanting to spend more time with my family rather than go away with England, then that is fine.

"Football is second to my family without a doubt. It's been a while, I'm looking forward to it, it's two important games as well.

"They are two games we need to pick full points up from. It's nice to come back in with the qualifiers as well. It makes it just that bit more special."

"After working with Roy last season it was a no-brainer to return. I know what Roy is about. He's a fantastic coach and I think he's brought a lot to England.

"I spoke to Roy very briefly and he just congratulated me and I said thank you to him, then he was just telling me about the plan for meeting up and that was it.

"It's something I've been thinking about for the last six months and it's something I'm very happy about. With age comes the feeling that you don't want to regret things.

"My kids are a huge part of my life and it would be lovely to show them a few DVDs and caps when they're older - and the World Cup next year is a huge thing."

Foster was overlooked for the 2010 World Cup squad and subsequently made himself unavailable for his country in May 2011, citing fitness and family reasons.

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