Manchester United keeper Ben Foster knows that being third choice at Old Trafford could jeopardise his World Cup dreams, but is unwilling to challenge Reds boss Sir Alex Ferguson over the situation. "It is everything for a footballer to go to the World Cup but I can't go saying 'I want to leave' or anything like that," he said.
"Edwin van der Sar is one of the best goalkeepers in the world. I can't really go knocking on the manager's door and say he is not doing his job because he is."
He did start the Carling Cup tie at Barnsley last month but has otherwise been idle, paying the price for high-profile mistakes against Manchester City and Sunderland which could have proved costly after he stepped in for Van der Sar at the start of the season.
"I thought I started off well but then there was a period of two or three games where I made a few mistakes," he said.
"But they were the only ones I made really and I was disappointed to find myself out of the team.
"It's a weird one. I am third choice for Manchester United at the moment yet I am playing for my country.
"I have to admit, it is very disheartening not to even be on the bench at United."