Ben Foster tipped to push Hart all the way with England

Ben FosterWest Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster can push Joe Hart all the way for the England number one jersey, according to Liam Ridgewell.

The Albion defender has spoken out on the battle for the Three Lions’ goalkeeper spot after Foster agreed to end his self-imposed retirement from international football to return to former Baggies boss Roy Hodgson’s squad.

Manchester City’s Hart maintained his place between the sticks for the 8-0 thrashing of San Marino in Friday’s World Cup qualifier, while he looks favourite to stay there for Tuesday’s tougher test against Group H leaders Montenegro in Podgorica.

However Ridgewell feels Foster deserves to be playing for England and he does not envy Hodgson having to select between the two.

He told the Daily Mirror: “I know them both very well and they’re both very good keepers.

“The two of them are brilliant shot-stoppers, good at kicking, good at talking and when you need them most they make that vital save.

“I’d hate to be Roy in having to try to pick one of them! I am sure it will be a very good competition between them. It is phenomenal to think there is someone ahead of Ben, we have two such good goalkeepers who both deserve to play in every game.”

On whether Foster should be described as a ‘world class’ custodian, Ridgewell added: “I don’t see why Ben shouldn’t belong in that bracket, he has been playing so well for a long period of time. He is easily an international class goalkeeper and I think he would get in most international teams in Europe.

“It’s brilliant for England to have someone like that. It’s just been unfortunate for him that England has two goalies at top-drawer level in Joe and him.”

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