Is Ben Foster’s international career over ?
West Bromwich Albion’s Ben Foster is 33 years old and despite playing an important role for his club, the experienced shot-stopper was not included in Roy Hodgson’s squad for the 2016 Euro’s.
Joe Hart, Fraser Forster and Tom Heaton were all of the goal-keepers that Roy Hodgson decided to call up as they have the chance to represent Englanda t the international stage and Ben Foster was left without any place for his national side.
From the looks of it, Ben Foster is not going to have any other chance to play for England as the next upcoming 35 years old and there are other shot-stoppers that have secured the goalkeeping position of England which is currently being occupied by Manchester City’s Joe Hart.
Ben Foster has recently recovered from a knee injury which kept him out of the pitch for around 10 months. There was a glimpse of hope for Foster on making it into the team of Roy Hodgson for the 2016 Euro’s when news emerged confirming the injury of Jack Butland and this opened up the 3rd goal-keeping position of England for the international competition.
Unfortunately for Ben Foster, it was Tom Heaton who snatched up the last spot as the final shot-stopper that was called up by Roy Hodgson.
The last time that Ben Foster competed for England at a truly big international competition was for the 2014 World Cup as he was selected in the final 23 and he was featured in England’s preparation match against Ecuador which concluded in a 2-2 tie and the English national side was unable to progress as one of the last 16 teams.
During the 2014 World Cup, Ben Foster made an appearance in a group stages match against Costa Rica where he managed to keep a clean sheet. It’s likely that this performance with England is going to be his last one at the international scene.