Foster can’t wait to take on the City ‘superstars’

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STEPHEN Foster is relishing the chance to test himself against Manchester City’s “superstars”.

Barnsley’s experienced centre-back was a key member of the 2008 team which reached the FA Cup semi-finals.

And the 32-year-old knows only too well that ONE more win would earn the Reds their second FA Cup semi-final in the space of five years.

“It’s got to be up there with one of the biggest games of my career, without a doubt,” revealed Foster, speaking exclusively to The Star.

“I’ve played in big games before but this is going to a great occasion. It’s a chance to pitch yourself against Manchester City’s superstars.

“They are a team full of class. It’s impossible to say really who I’m most looking forward to playing against because they have so many good players. Whichever team they put out we’re going to have to be on our mettle.

“There’s no point turning up just to enjoy the occasion, we want to win.”

Foster famously scored a important header as the Reds upset former winners Liverpool in their incredible 2008 run, before going on to beat Chelsea in the next round to earn a Wembley semi-final showdown with Cardiff City.

And Foster, who celebrated 500 appearances as a professional last month, is under no illusions how hard it will be to try and upset the defending Premier League champions in their own back yard at the Ethiad Stadium.

“We know it’s going to be a really difficult task, but we really do have nothing to lose,” stressed Foster.

“The occasion is going to take care of itself, but we want to go there and put on a good performance and show why we deserved to be at this stage of the competition.

“It would be great to get back to Wembley again, it’s where every kid dreams of playing when they’re growing up. And I was no different.”

Foster is one of only three players remaining at Barnsley who played in that 2008 team which got within a whisker of reaching the club’s first FA Cup final since 1912.

Fellow defender Bobby Hassell and goalkeeper Luke Steele played in that team and are still playing for the club now.