Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has called Ben Foster the ‘best England goalkeeper’, as the player prepares for a £6million move to Birmingham City.
The 27-year-old will leave Old Trafford in search of regular first-team football, having fallen behind Edwin van der Sar and Tomasz Kuszczak in the Old Trafford pecking order.
Foster joined the Red Devils in the summer of 2005 from Stoke City, but has since made just over 20 appearances for United and missed out on a place in England’s squad for the World Cup finals this summer as a consequence of a lack of action.
However, Ferguson remains convinced that Foster is a top-class performer.
He told reporters:“We accepted the bid from Birmingham City simply because we knew how concerned Ben was about his future and I can understand that.
“I think most of that comes from his disappointment of not having played enough games to get in the England squad this summer.
“I still feel very strongly about this, that Ben’s the best England goalkeeper and I can’t work out why he wasn’t even considered simply because he didn’t have enough football.
“Sometimes your conscience does come into it and you have to understand a player’s feelings about it.
“Ben’s been a terrific servant for us, he’s been very unlucky with a couple of injuries he’s had with us last season and I think he deserves the opportunity to do better for himself.”