West Brom goalkeeper Foster hails 'huge talent' Butland

The shotstopper believes his former team-mate is destined for success ahead of a "big season" in the Championship, adding that his talent at such a young age is staggering

West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster believes that Birmingham City youngster Jack Butland is a great prospect for the future.

Butland has risen to fame this summer after being included in England’s Euro 2012 squad - following an injury to original third choice John Ruddy – before helping Great Britain to a quarter-final berth at the Olympics.

The Bristol-born 19-year-old is yet to represent his domestic club Birmingham City, with international recognition coming off the back of two separate loan spells at League Two club Cheltenham Town.

Nevertheless, Foster told Sky Sports that he believes the recognition is deserved considering the youngsters sizable talent: "I've never seen a lad of his age with such ability, and that's including the people I've been with at Manchester United."

"I don't think we need to put too much pressure on his shoulders but he's a huge talent who's got absolutely everything.

"We need to calm it down a bit at the moment and help him keep his focus because he's got a big season coming up at Birmingham. But he will be a huge one for the future."

In addition to keeping a watchful eye on the nation’s young prospects, the former United keeper is also focused on his own future and his enthusiastic about the new season.

The 29-year-old spent last season on loan at the Hawthorns, but made the switch from Birmingham permanent last month.

"Last year was great - I really enjoyed myself. I'm really happy with how it's gone, physically and mentally."

"I love my football and live for Saturday afternoon. I thrive on that pressure and look forward to it.

"But ever since I retired from England I've had a lot more quality time with the family and I'm enjoying it a lot more."