The keeper made only his second league start of the season in Saturday‚Äôs 3-0 defeat at Blackburn.
But Simonsen is on standby to play at home to Manchester United on Boxing Day if Thomas Sorensen‚Äôs dodgy finger keeps him out again.
Simonsen said: ‚ÄúThis is the chance I‚Äôve been waiting for. I played all last season and I had a good pre-season so I did feel hard done by.
‚ÄúBut when you get your chance you have to make sure you take it.
‚ÄúIt doesn‚Äôt bother me facing Wayne Rooney or anyone else. It would just be a pleasure to play. I‚Äôd relish the opportunity.‚ÄĚ