England World Cup squad profile: Ben Foster

The 31-year-old was a consistent performer in a bleak 2013-14 campaign for West Brom but is Roy Hodgson's second-choice goalkeeper for the Three Lions' voyage to Brazil
Ben Foster will be Joe Hart's backup in Brazil this summer but, unless suspension or injury occurs, the West Brom goalkeeper is unlikely to see any action on the pitch.

Goal takes a look at how he is shaping up ahead of this summer's finals.


In West Brom's second game of the season, Foster snapped a bone in his right foot which left him sidelined for four months after requiring surgery.

The 31-year-old made his returned towards the end of December and was the Baggies' most consistent performer in a campaign which had the club fighting against relegation.

Foster's displays were rewarded by being named as the supporters' and the players' player of the year.


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This will be Foster's first major tournament, having dipped in and out of the England setup since he was named on the standby list for the World Cup in 2006.

Foster has been capped just six times for England and, less than a year after failing to make Fabio Capello's squad for the World Cup in 2010, he announced his decision to call time on his international career.

"It's hard if you are away for 10 days to two weeks and you don't get to see your family in that time, especially when you have kids who are two and three," he said at the time.

"I feel that I'm missing part of their growing up. It's hard to take. With not playing, you feel as if you have lost two weeks of your life for nothing."

It remained that way for Foster until February 2013, when he was called up by Roy Hodgson for World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro. Three months later, he made his latest appearance for England in a friendly against the Republic of Ireland.


Foster is installed as second-choice goalkeeper this summer but, as we saw in 2010, Rob Green's costly mistake in England's opening fixture against United States resulted in the end of his World Cup campaign and saw David James feature for the remainder of the tournament.

Whether Roy Hodgson would be as ruthless as Fabio Capello is debatable, should Hart recapture his error-strewn form from the start of the season, but Foster's performances this term make him a solid alternative.