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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.