Ben Foster is targeting a return to first-team

England’s reserve goalkeeper Ben Foster is targeting a return to first-team action before October.

This is likely to see him remain in contention for the Euro 2016 spot. Foster has not played first-team football since suffering a major knee injury while playing for West Brom back in March. He suffered a ligament injury in the 1-0 win over Stoke City. Even though he has not been a regular first-team player for England, the opportunity to be part of the squad as the reserve to Joe Hart will be something that Foster will find it difficult to turn down.

The 32-year-old has just returned to training and is likely to feature in the reserve games over the next few weeks. In his absence, West Brom manager Tony Pulis has been resorting to Boaz Myhill as the first choice goalkeeper, but he has not really helped his case by conceding numerous goals at the start of the campaign. The former Hull City goalkeeper has already conceded six goals in the three games while keeping only one clean sheet in the process. Even though Foster failed to establish himself at Manchester United, he is seen as one of the finest that manager Roy Hodgson can call upon.

“It’s going really well, hopefully I’ve got only another couple of months to go but touch wood it’s all gone really well so far and I’m in the final stretch now.I’m at the point now where I’ve just started doing a bit out on the grass, kind of semi full-fitness and you want to keep pushing it and pushing it.But you’ve got to stay grounded and not go crazy. You’re within touching distance, the season starts on Saturday and you want to be there and do it but you know you can’t, you’ve just got to take your time,” said Foster.