Clarke thrilled by Foster call-up

West Brom goalkeeper Ben FosterWest Brom manager Steve Clarke has celebrated Ben Foster’s return to the England squad.

The Baggies stopper has been in fine form this season, helping the Midlanders move up into a comfortable top half position in the Premier League.

Foster ruled himself out of international football for personal reasons two years ago, but his consistent displays opened up the possibility of becoming back-up to Joe Hart.

As a result, the ex-Manchester United man moved to come out of retirement, and has been selected by England manager Roy Hodgson for the Three Lions’ upcoming 2014 World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro.

West Brom boss Clarke is thrilled for his player:

“We’re all delighted for Ben, he obviously made himself available for selection and he explained his reasons for pulling out initially.” he is quoted by Sky Sports.

“It’s good. I like my players to be involved for their countries because I think it’s a great honour.

“We think, touch wood, that Ben is in a good place physically now. I’m sure he’ll do well.”

Foster has already won five international caps, with his last outing for the national side coming against France in 2010.

Hodgson is happy to see him back in the fold, and believes that he will be the perfect cover for current number one Joe Hart:

“In our opinion we now have two excellent goalkeepers,

“Ben is in excellent form and it’s good that after a long absence he’s decided he wants to play again. I’m looking forward to working with him.”

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