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Why Ben Foster should be England's number one

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Foster in action for WBA, pulling off another top drawer save (©GettyImages)
Foster in action for WBA, pulling off another top drawer save (©GettyImages).

With the continued rampant speculation over who will make the England plane to Rio for the World Cup in June, Ben Foster has to have forced himself into contention.

A string of world class performances, against some of the meanest attacks in world football and behind one of the slowest, most inconsistent defences in the Premier League, have offered a timely reminder of what the 31-year old can do.

And given the continued question marks over current England number one Joe Hart, Roy Hodgson could afford to do far worse than take a gamble on the Warwick-born star.

Ever since Hart did that TV commercial for a well-known brand of shampoo, his form has plummeted.

A coincidence? Most certainly, but it now arguably leaves Foster head and shoulders above the Manchester City stopper.

Not given a fair crack of the whip at Manchester United, so impressive for Watford on loan and absolutely vital for West Bromwich Albion since 2011, Foster is among the very best in the Premier League.

It's performances like this that are the reason West Brom have looked the strongest of any of the relegation-threatened teams for most of the season.

He may have missed a chunk of football for The Baggies in 2013/14, but upon his return to action he has been a rock for them.

The fact they boast such a healthy goal difference for a club that have been hovering just above the drop all season is in large part down to him. Despite the shaky, ageing defence in front of him, he's continued to flourish and be a difference maker.

And yet again his experience and superior quality paid dividends for his club in their relegation scrap with West Ham at The Hawthorns, where he pulled off a succession of game-saving stops to gift Albion their first clean sheet and home win under Pepe Mel.

Right now, despite the Premier League table not confirming this, Foster of lowly West Brom is far outstripping Hart of high-flying Manchester City

Enough time has elapsed since his self-imposed exile from international football in May 2011 that he can be afforded a clean slate and the chance that has never been provided to him on the world stage.

We know he can do it, he plays like a man who has the confidence do it, and surely now, Hodgson must realise he can do it.

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