MEL RELIEVED

West Brom boss Pepe Mel breathed a huge sigh of relief after his team managed to a 2-1 win over Swansea City during the weekend. It was the first win he has achieved as the West Brom manager. This has helped him cool down the talk of being sacked after just weeks after being appointed in the role. He was brought in as a replacement for Steve Clark, but the much expected upturn of results did not come immediately. West Brom did look excellent in the 1-1 draw with title chasing Chelsea and Liverpool at home, but they have also suffered defeats as well.

Foster Penalized For His Protests

Chris Foy has penalized Ben Foster for his protests against a decision of a fair challenge on Marouane Chamakh in the match between West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace where the Eagles managed to seal a 3-1 win. The number one of the Baggies said that their performance was not up to the mark which is why the defeat came but insists that it is one win which would help them be on track again.

The Baggies has not been in the best of form this season and has managed to win only one game in their last 15 league games. Post match Foster was asked about the performance of his team to which he said that they could not get into a good position but came close to scoring twice but the lads could not get the finishing touch.

ENGLAND CALL

Ben Foster is expecting to find a place in England’s World Cup squad, but, he believes that it’s not him who will be the first choice for the boss Roy Hodgson during the tournament which will be played in Brazil.

Foster reckons that Joe Hart who plays for Manchester City will be the first in the pecking order and will play most of the matches.

Hart has performed fantastically well for City in their recent games. He was actually out of favour in the earlier parts of the ongoing season, but, towards the end of the last year, he managed to get himself back into the starting line up of the Sky Blues and since then, his performances have been really appreciable.

NEEDING GAMES

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Foster has been unable to get regular game time at his current club West Brom due to the form of Boaz Myhill.

The former Hull City goalkeeper has been able to keep the England international out of the first-team reckoning. Foster lost his place after suffering a stress fracture in one of his bones. He has been out for the last few months, but he only recently returned to training. His return has started speculation that Myhill may be dropped to the bench, but the current number one has other ideas.

FOSTER RULED OUT

The 30 years old shot-stopper Ben Foster has been struggling with a broken foot that has left him not able to play for either his country or West Bromwich Albion as he picked up the injury in August and it’s been over 3 months that he has gotten back to the pitch due to his lengthy injury recovery.

Even though he has not played in quite some time and his recovery has not been completed, he is still excited about the chance of being in the England squad for the 2014 World Cup.

"The chance of being in the England squad and going to a World Cup in Brazil next summer is really exciting," said Foster, speaking to the Daily Telegraph.

CLARKE HAPPY

The manager of West Bromwich Albion, Steve Clarke, is very happy with the way his side played against Arsenal on Sunday.
West Brom had got the Gunners under pressure in that game. They took the lead just a few minutes before the half time break with the goal of Claudio Yacob and they had a couple of chances to double that lead too, but, Nicolas Anelka who is one of their experienced players wasted both those opportunities. Later on, Jack Wilshere scored the leveller for Arsenal and the match finished in the form of a draw.

Although, the Baggies couldn’t get 3 points from the game but, they were clearly the dominant side.

Talking to the reporters yesterday, Clarke said, “We didn’t have a great start this season, but, in the last few games, we have got better.”

Pre-season program will determine Baggies’ progress

West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Ben Foster has stated that he is in the best shape he has been in his entire career and has claimed the club’s form in the early part of the season will be determined by the summer training schedule. According to the England international, he spent two hours in the gym everyday during the off season despite being on holiday and the 30 year old admits he is now reaping the rewards he put in the gym during the off season.

Football themed games

The current Premiership season is over and there is not a lot to look forward to in the football world over the next couple of months. This will leave football and betting fans looking for some other way to get their fix. Playing a football themed slot game like Soccer Safari may be the answer.

Soccer Safari is just one of the many football based slots games around, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t a truly unique experience – in fact it is hard to imagine another game quite like this one. It involves animals playing each other in a World Cup tournament, deep in the jungles of Africa, and it is brought to life brilliantly by the graphics.

SHILTON QUESTIONS DECISION

The former England goalkeeper, Peter Shilton, has said that the decision of Ben Foster to retire from international football so early in his career was not a sensible one.

Foster had announced his retirement from international football in May 2011.

However, last month, he came out of retirement and said that he was available for selection. He found a place in the England squad for the World Cup qualifying matches against San Marino and Montenegro.

Foster sat on the bench in the match against San Marino. England won that match by 8-0. Foster is set to sit on the sidelines again in the match against Montenegro which is going to be played on Tuesday at Podgorica City Stadium.
Shilton who is considered as one of the best goalkeepers produced by England was not happy with the fact that Foster decided to quit without waiting for his chances.

When Shilton was asked about Foster’s comeback in international football, he said, “Ben shouldn’t have retired a couple of years back. That was a completely wrong decision.”

“If he had taken that decision after sitting on the bench for 5-6 years and not getting enough opportunities, that would have been understandable. But, that was only the beginning of his career and he should have waited for a few years. He took the decision in a hurry.”

“Joe Hart hasn’t had a great time off late and Ben knows that he can get opportunities now. So, he has decided to come back.”

“Ben’s return has certainly put Joe Hart under huge pressure. Joe needs to be super consistent now; otherwise, he will lose his place in the starting line up.”

Foster has so far played only 5 matches for his national side. He had played his first match for England in February 2007 against Spain. England had lost that match by 0-1.

FOSTER FOR ENGLAND?

England have not had the best of goalkeepers in recent years. The former Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Foster has spoken of as a replacement for Paul Robinson at one stage, but it has been two years since the West Brom goalkeeper represented England at the international stage.

The goalkeeper has been on a self-imposed exile, but he could soon come out of it according to reports. Foster has suffered a number of injury problems in the last few years, which has been the reason for his exile. The goalkeeper recently made his move to West Brom a permanent one after the Premier league club agreed a £ 4 million transfer fee with Birmingham.

The 29-year-old has made five appearances for the national team, but he has been on international retirement from last two years. Foster said at the time that he was taking this difficult decision in order to prolong his club career. The arrival of the former West Brom manager Roy Hodgson, who brought the best out of Foster at West Brom, as the England manager opened the doors for Foster's return to international action. However, the 29-year-old rejected the opportunity to be part of the Euro 2012 squad, but there are indications that he may be available for the upcoming matches.

Foster was the player of the season for West Brom last season, as he kept 10 clean sheets over the course of the season. Apart from Foster, Roy Hodgson has the form of the new Stoke city goalkeeper Jack Butland and the Norwich city goalkeeper John Ruddy. Both these players, though, do not have experience of playing at international level, while Ben Foster has been part of several England squads in the past. Foster has also been part of the Manchester United set up for many years .

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