In 2011 Ben Foster made it be known that he did not wish to be selected for England international duties for the ‘foreseeable future’ and if you look at it objectively he had good reason to distance himself from his international career.
The former Manchester United stopper has struggled with a series of injury problems throughout his career including a particular severe injury to his knee in 2007 and another operation worthy problem with his thumb not long before the hierarchy at Manchester United grew tired of his consistent absence and let him go.
However since announcing the England sabbatical Foster’s career has gone vertical. Last season he played for West Brom on-loan from Birmingham City and had an outstanding year; keeping a record 10 clean sheets and being named the teams player of the season.
This campaign has been similar with the 29-year-old stopper having a strong stint for The Baggies.
Despite apparently saying no to the chance to go to Euro 2012 it appears he has been persuaded otherwise after being advised he may just have a chance at usurping Joe Hart altogether.
Foster of course previously worked with England boss Roy Hodgson at The Hawthorns and the Three Lions coach has been keen to get him back in the national set-up since taking on the role before Euro 2012.
With John Ruddy injured and the England boss keen on Jack Butland playing for the under-21 side for the time being it leaves just Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster as current number one custodian Joe Hart’s only competition. Hart seemed undroppable this time last year but the 2012-13 campaign has been tough on the Manchester City keeper who has made several errors for his team.
Now it seems he has severe competition in the form of Foster who may just fancy his chances of featuring against San Marino later this month.
However opinion on his recall has been mixed. While we can all appreciate he has been in great form the more patriotic fan could be understood for feeling aggrieved to Foster walking back into the England set-up after what they would call ‘turning his back’ on the country a little under two years ago.
When you consider the main goal was to prolong his career in relation to injury worries this assessment may seem a tad unfair but when you then consider a vast amount of the male population in England dreams of slipping into an England shirt, walking out at Wembley and belting out ‘God Save the Queen’ at the top of their lungs you can see where criticism is born.
Do you think Ben Foster should be allowed to just walk back into the England team? Can he challenge Joe Hart for the number one spot?
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