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Foster going nowhere - Ferguson

Ben Foster
Foster faces a battle to win a place in Fabio Capello's World Cup squad

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has denied reports of out-of-favour goalkeeper Ben Foster leaving Old Trafford in January.

The 26-year-old started the season as the club's number one but is now behind Edwin van der Sar and Tomasz Kuszczak.

Foster is still in the England frame, however, and claimed his club situation was "disheartening" after playing in the defeat against Brazil last weekend.

But Ferguson said: "He is definitely staying. He will be a terrific keeper."

After playing his second consecutive game for England in Qatar, Foster expressed frustration with his predicament, pointing out that while he was playing regularly for his country he had dropped out of the reckoning at Old Trafford.

That led to reports that Foster could move away from United in the January transfer window in order to earn a place in England manager Fabio Capello's World Cup squad, with a loan move the most likely.

Foster made his name during two separate loan moves to Watford - but his manager insists there is no chance of another switch in the New Year.

"He has had a couple of bad mistakes in games but his performance level has been very good," added Ferguson.


"Ben is a strong lad. Without doubt he is England's best goalkeeper. Without question he has the best presence and he is the quickest. He is also very brave.

"But for a lad of 26 he has not had much game experience. That is the negative part for him and that is where maybe it will cost him his England position at the moment.

"However, I am not protecting the lad because he is my goalkeeper but when I look at the abilities of the goalkeepers in the league who are English, I don't think they are as good as Ben Foster. It is as simple as that."

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see also
Foster 'disheartened' at Man Utd
15 Nov 09 |  Man Utd
Capello eyes positives after loss
14 Nov 09 |  Internationals
Brazil 1-0 England
14 Nov 09 |  Internationals
Foster's testing future
06 Oct 09 |  Man Utd
Ferguson to keep faith in Foster
25 Sep 09 |  Man Utd

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