The keeper made only his second league start of the season in Saturdayâ€™s 3-0 defeat at Blackburn.
But Simonsen is on standby to play at home to Manchester United on Boxing Day if Thomas Sorensenâ€™s dodgy finger keeps him out again.
Simonsen said: â€śThis is the chance Iâ€™ve been waiting for. I played all last season and I had a good pre-season so I did feel hard done by.
â€śBut when you get your chance you have to make sure you take it.
â€śIt doesnâ€™t bother me facing Wayne Rooney or anyone else. It would just be a pleasure to play. Iâ€™d relish the opportunity.â€ť