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Foster bid to brake Van man
Ben Foster admits he must become Manchester United’s first-choice keeper next season if he is to go to the World Cup finals.
Foster is deputy to Edwin Van der Sar, whohas signed on for another year at Old Trafford. But Foster, who will be 26 next month, has him firmly in his sights. Foster has been selected by Fabio Capello for England’s games against Slovakia and Ukraine, [although] Foster has not played a Premier League game for a year. He admitted: “It’s a bit of a fine line for me. You can’t expect to go to the biggest competition in the world not playing regular football. I’ve got no desire to move away from Manchester United. But, on the other hand, I’ve got ambitions. I want to do things in my career. I’m not happy just to sit around and be the second-choice ‘keeper. I’ve got to break into the team – that’s a major priority for me. Then it will be easier to force my way into the England team as well.”
Elsewhere from the England camp, Fabio Capello has branded Wayne Rooney “a crazy man” after his dismissal at Craven Cottage last weekend. Different papers deal with the quote in different ways. The Sun report Capello joked with Rooney about the incident, while The Mirror and The Guardian, for example, claim the initial joke was followed by more serious warnings about the striker’s indiscipline.
The Telegraph report United will retain AIG as its shirt-sponsor until the end of the 2009/10 season, as per the initial agreement. There had been speculation that the deal could end early after the insurance giant recently suffered heavy financial losses.