Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster has said he will not need to convince Javi Gracia to play Heurelho Gomes in the FA Cup final.

After the Hornets' dramatic semi-final victory, Foster said he would refuse to play in the final against Manchester City if called upon by the coach, but he said he does not think that will be necessary.

"I don’t think I’ll need to speak to Javi about it," he said.

"I think Javi will have the same opinion as me. Gomey’s earned his place and rightly so.

"I think he deserves it, he’s played every single round and he’s never let us down, he won’t let us down, today he’s made a few really important saves, took a lot of crosses, took a lot of pressure off the defence, it’s all about Gomes today and he deserves it."

Foster reiterated his admiration for his fellow goalkeeper and said that several people at the club are trying to persuade the Brazilian to stick around at Vicarage Road for at least another year.

"I hope he has another year in him to be honest with you.

"It's not just me honestly, there’s quite a few of us.

"He’s like the glue that holds the team together, that old experienced head, he comes in with a smile on his face and he’s the guy that’s always chatting, always bouncy.

"He’s brilliant, the lads love him, I love him, and the goalie coach loves him.

"For a 38-year-old, he’s still incredible so I hope he does another year as well."

Reflecting on the semi-final win over Wolves, the former England goalkeeper described the comeback as "incredible" and said the positive feeling will inspire the Hornets to have a strong finish in the Premier League.

"That was incredible, even at 2-0 down, I still thought if we could nick a goal with five minutes to go we would still have a chance," he said.

"I think we fully deserved to get the draw at full-time and then coming into extra time I think there was only one team that was going to win it.

"A cup final for us is huge. It’s obviously that final showdown and that big match to look forward to, but it keeps us ticking along, keeps everybody firing, everybody knows that they’re only one injury away, one suspension away, from a place of playing in that final.

"It gives everybody that extra incentive when they go into training."