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Henley goalkeeper Ben Foster off to the World Cup

Henley goalkeeper Ben Foster off to the World Cup Henley goalkeeper Ben Foster off to the World Cup
Updated: 5:05 pm, May 07, 2015

WEST Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster says he is honoured to be part of England’s World Cup squad.

The Henley resident has been selected as part of manager Roy Hodgson’s 23 man squad heading for the finals in Brazil next month.

The 31-year-old is expected to be on the bench in Brazil but said he was happy to play second fiddle to current first choice keeper Joe Hart.

“I think Joe Hart should be No 1,” said Ben.

“He is a fantastic goalkeeper and we are lucky to have someone like him.

“For me it is going to be a real honour to be involved in a World Cup squad. I have never been involved in a major tournament. If I get the call I am really going to be looking forward to it.”

The father-of-two’s England career, which started when he made his debut against Spain in 2007, looked over when he retired from international football during the Fabio Capello era.

But he changed his mind a year ago and was welcomed back by Hodgson, his former manager at West Brom, and now looks set to add to his six appearances to date in an England shirt.

Talking about his original decision to retire, he said: “At the time I was going through a lot of injuries – knee trouble, back trouble. I’d just had kids as well, so to be away from home for two weeks at a time was a big miss for me.

“It was something I needed to do and something I stand by even today.”

Ben’s professional career began when he was snapped up by Stoke from Racing Club Warwick in 2001.

He spent time on loan with various clubs before a high profile move to Manchester United.

He left Old Trafford for Birmingham City in a £6 million deal, and after their relegation, he joined West Brom, where this year he was voted the club’s players’ and supporters’ player of the season.

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