Pulis Reveals That Was No Pressure Behind Ben Foster’s International Retirement
Tony Pulis claims that he never persuaded goalkeeper Ben Foster into considering international retirement.
The former Manchester United goalkeeper made his debut for England in 2007. However, he was largely a backup to goalkeepers like Paul Robinson and Joe Hart even though he seemed to have a lot of potential. As the move to West Brom came about in 2012,Foster was keen on establishing himself in the national team fold since he would be getting regular gametime to impress then-England boss Roy Hodgson. However, it was not the case asFoster continued to remain as the second choice.
He announced his retirement from international football in 2014 after having made only eight appearances in seven years with the national team. In recent months, though, he has been enjoying a new lease of life with incredible form for West Brom. There is no doubt that the lack of international focus is helping him to enjoy the club football much more.
Recent rumours suggested that Pulis played a major role in convincing Foster to retire from international duty. The West Brom manager has insisted that it is not the case. He went on to praise the 33-year-old for managing a remarkable comeback despite suffering from too bad injuries in the knee in his career.
Pulis also claimed that any potential return to the national team would be up to the player. “As far as I’m concerned if England want Ben, then that’s fine.He has been fantastic for us. He’s a very fit lad and a very strong fella, but he has had two bad knee injuries.He’s been outstanding. As for playing for his country again, that’s up to Ben and England,” said the West Brom manager. Foster continues to remain as the first choice goalkeeper for West Brom, who are in the top 10 of the Premier League.