Euro 2012: Goalkeeper Foster rejects Hodgson's England plea

England coach Roy Hodgson has failed to persuade goalkeeper Ben Foster to come out of international exile for the European Championship.

Updated: May 14, 2012 11:26 IST
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West Bromwich, UK: England coach Roy Hodgson has failed to persuade goalkeeper Ben Foster to come out of international exile for the European Championship.

Foster has impressed on Hodgson while on loan at West Bromwich Albion from Birmingham this season. Hodgson's final match as West Brom manager was on Sunday, a 3-2 loss to Arsenal.

The 29-year-old Foster announced a year ago that he was taking an indefinite break from international football.

Foster says Hodgson "tried hard to persuade me to change my mind, but he totally understood my reasons why and was very respectful of that."

Foster wants to spend time with his family instead of going to Euro 2012.

And he says that his "best form has been since I retired from England and I feel my body gets a good rest."

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