Birmingham City goalkeeper Ben Foster has announced he will be taking a sabbatical from international football, to concentrate on prolonging his club career.
The 28-year-old stopper has been one of Alex McLeish's star performers this season, but has had to deal with a number of niggling injuries throughout the campaign.
The congested fixture list has taken its toll on Foster, a result of rearranged matches twinned with an extended run in both domestic cup competitions.
"Performing at the highest level game in, game out and particularly when there's been as many matches as there have been this season really takes it out of your body," he said.
"It's no secret that I've had a few niggling injuries and that I've had to pull out of the past few England squads because of that.
"I've spoken to the management team and coaches here at Blues and told them what I want to do."
The Blues keeper has stressed he is not retiring from international duty, but explained the decision was based on the best interests of his club career with Birmingham City.
"I've enjoyed my time with England and am certainly not closing a door on the international side of things forever but this is the right thing for me to do right now in terms of club football.
"It is the right decision for me as I want to prolong my club career for as long as possible."
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