Birmingham City goalkeeper Ben Foster will take a break from England duty because of a series of injuries.

Manchester City's Joe Hart is Fabio Capello's first choice in goal and former Manchester United stopper Foster has had to pull out of recent squads with several niggles.

'I've enjoyed my time with England and I'm certainly not closing the 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,' the 28-year-old told his club website.

Foster rose to prominence with Manchester United after joining the Red Devils from Stoke in 2005.

The goalkeeper made only a handful of first-team appearances for Alex Ferguson's side but impressed during two seasons on loan at Watford and in United's 2009 Carling Cup victory.

He moved to Birmingham last May in a deal thought to be worth #6million, and has been arguably Blues' most impressive player this season, helping them win the Carling Cup final against Arsenal in February.

Foster made his England debut in a 1-0 defeat by Spain in February 2007 while his last appearance came in a 1-0 loss to Brazil.