West Bromwich Albion manager Steve Clarke has announced that goalkeeper Ben Foster is available for the England national team, after a two year absence. 

The 29-year-old shot-stopper hung up his gloves somewhat prematurely, and now eyes a return under manager Roy Hodgson. 

The former Manchester United man made a permanent switch to the The Hawthorns from Birmingham City at the start of the season, having already been at the club on loan in the 2011/12 season. 

Foster ruled himself out of the England fold back in 2011, after already securing five caps for his country. 

Now England manager Roy Hodgson, who Foster played under at West Brom last season, may see the keeper as a possible back-up for current number one Joe Hart.

Clarke told West Brom's official site: "He explained to me he wanted to play for his country again and he would like to play in a major tournament.

"He's at the peak of his form and he's proved he's international class in the past and, if selected, I'm sure he'll prove it again.

"The injury problems he had a couple of years ago are gone, by and large, and he's in great shape. And what better place to go and play in a major international tournament than Brazil."

Foster has been in fine form this season with his side pushing for Europa League qualification, and currently sitting in seventh place in the Premier League.  

And now the goalkeeper will be hoping to be part of Hodgson's plans for this month's World Cup qualifiers at San Marino and Montenegro. 


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