Found March 14, 2013 on Fox Soccer:
PLAYERS: Roy Hodgson
Motherwell pair Shaun Hutchinson and Chris Humphrey are available for the Scottish Premier League clash with Hibernian on Friday night. Defender Hutchinson was suspended for the goalless draw with Aberdeen last weekend, while midfielder Humphrey missed the Pittodrie clash out with a knock. Manager Stuart McCall will again be without defender Fraser Kerr as his team look to consolidate second place in the table with a win. Hibernian team news to follow ... The Baggies goalkeeper recently made himself available for selection for the Three Lions having withdrawn from contention two years ago. Foster had found himself restricted to the fringes of the squad before citing injury complications and family reasons for his decision to drop out after the 29-year-old had earned five caps. However, with his fitness and form stronger than ever, Foster is back in the picture and was today recalled by Roy Hodgson for England's forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro. "We're all delighted for Ben," said Clarke. "He obviously made himself available for selection and he explained his reasons for pulling out initially. "It's good. I like my players to be involved for their countries because I think it's a great honour. It was a disappointment for me that I only got to represent Scotland six times at senior level. So for the players who do get selected to play for their country, it's great. "I'm sure he'll do well." Foster missed several games earlier this season with a niggling groin injury but is currently in fine form having taken his time to recover. "We think, touch wood, that Ben is in a good place physically now," said Clarke, who succeeded England coach Hodgson at The Hawthorns last summer. "He's done a lot of work with the fitness and conditioning staff. He obviously feels in a really good place fitness-wise and I think that's important. "I think if he'd felt there were any fitness issues, he wouldn't have come back. So the fact he's come back tells you he's in a good place physically. "I think the fact he had two procedures earlier in the season - which went on a little bit longer than they should have done and it too him a bit longer to recover - it actually seems to have freed him up a little bit and made him more comfortable in himself. That's important, and I think you can see that in his recent performances." Albion's superb form in the first half of this season saw them become realistic contenders for European qualification via the Premier League heading into Christmas. However, a dreadful run of results in January saw their hopes fade and though their form has picked up recently to sit them in eighth place with 43 points, the Europa League is now a distant possibility. The FA Cup draw last weekend means they must finish fifth to qualify, needing to overhaul the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Everton. "I did say there was no point us talking about European football because the Europa League places would only come down to fifth in the league and that's what has unfolded," Clarke said. "There are too many ifs and buts. For us it's just a matter of building on the points total we've got and we've set the players a little target of getting to 50. Hopefully we can reach that quickly and still give ourselves a few games to get beyond that. "I would love to be involved in European competition. I think you have to be as ambitious as you can be. "You want to be successful in every competition you enter. But it's also the case that if we can break 50 points that would also be successful."
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
RELATED ARTICLES

Hodgson has Ferdinand concern

Roy Hodgson admits he is concerned Rio Ferdinand may have a "grievance" against him over his lengthy exile from the England team. Hodgson recalled the Manchester United defender for the away World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro later this month. It is the first time Ferdinand has been named in a squad by Hodgson since he replaced Fabio Capello as England...

Ellington hints at Crewe stay

Motherwell pair Shaun Hutchinson and Chris Humphrey are available for the Scottish Premier League clash with Hibernian on Friday night. Defender Hutchinson was suspended for the goalless draw with Aberdeen last weekend, while midfielder Humphrey missed the Pittodrie clash out with a knock. Manager Stuart McCall will again be without defender Fraser Kerr as his team look to consolidate...

Wenger plans squad shake-up

Each day we'll bring you the very latest tabloid rumors as the biggest clubs around splash the cash to bolster their rosters. True or not, they're always entertaining... Roy Hodgson has recalled Rio Ferdinand and warned: "I don't want any tensions in my camp". Chelsea have rocked their tired stars by arranging a trip to America days after the end of the season...

Laudrup puts pressure on Gunners

Motherwell pair Shaun Hutchinson and Chris Humphrey are available for the Scottish Premier League clash with Hibernian on Friday night. Defender Hutchinson was suspended for the goalless draw with Aberdeen last weekend, while midfielder Humphrey missed the Pittodrie clash out with a knock. Manager Stuart McCall will again be without defender Fraser Kerr as his team look to consolidate...

Dolan will pick side to face United

Motherwell pair Shaun Hutchinson and Chris Humphrey are available for the Scottish Premier League clash with Hibernian on Friday night. Defender Hutchinson was suspended for the goalless draw with Aberdeen last weekend, while midfielder Humphrey missed the Pittodrie clash out with a knock. Manager Stuart McCall will again be without defender Fraser Kerr as his team look to consolidate...

Season over for Byrne

Motherwell pair Shaun Hutchinson and Chris Humphrey are available for the Scottish Premier League clash with Hibernian on Friday night. Defender Hutchinson was suspended for the goalless draw with Aberdeen last weekend, while midfielder Humphrey missed the Pittodrie clash out with a knock. Manager Stuart McCall will again be without defender Fraser Kerr as his team look to consolidate...
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.