West Brom's Ben Foster standing by to earn an England recall

Albion keeper Ben Foster was today set to celebrate a recall to the England starting line-up.

Ben Foster of West Bromwich Albion
Ben Foster of West Bromwich Albion

The 30-year-old shotstopper is reported to be about to be recalled for his fifth start and seventh cap by Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson for tomorrow’s friendly against Denmark at Wembley.

Former Albion head coach Hodgson is looking to assess potential alternatives to No.1 Joe Hart as the countdown continues to this summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil. Norwich keeper John Ruddy and Celtic’s Fraser Forster are also in the 30-man squad.

Soccer - International Friendly - England v Denmark - England Training Session - Enfield Training Centre
Joe Hart may be rested for England

But Hodgson is a huge fan of Foster and sees him as his back-up to Hart for the World Cup.

Foster retired from international football in May, 2011, after winning five caps in four years, but Hodgson persuaded him to end his exile and he returned to play in a 1-1 draw against Ireland last May, when he replaced Hart at half-time.

A foot injury kept the Baggies and former Birmingham City keeper out for four months this season and now Hodgson wants to see him against Denmark.

This is the first international squad Foster has been in since breaking his foot in a 0-0 draw at Everton on August 24.

He made his comeback in a 1-1 draw against Hull on December 21, one of 14 appearances this season, though he’s been on the winning side just once, keeping two clean sheets.

England's Jermain Defoe on the ball with teammates Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (2nd left) Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck (left) and Raheem Sterling (right )
England's Jermain Defoe on the ball with teammates Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (2nd left) Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck (left) and Raheem Sterling (right )

England are expected to be without Tottenham’s Kyle Walker, but Adam Lallana, Steven Caulker, Andros Townsend and John Ruddy should all be fit. Lallana is one of four Southampton players called up with defender Luke Shaw and strikers Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez.

And Lallana believes 32-year-old Lambert’s call-up last August when he scored a winner in a dream debut in a 3-2 win against Scotland at Wembley has given his club-mates confidence too. “Seeing Rickie involved gave everyone that extra 10 per cent of belief,” said the 25-year-old.

England's Luke Shaw (left) with Southampton teammates Jay Rodriguez and Rickie Lambert walk to the start of the training session
England's Luke Shaw (left) with Southampton teammates Jay Rodriguez and Rickie Lambert walk to the start of the training session

“It proves how far the club has come to have four lads representing their country.

“Rickie has been involved in a few squads, me and Jay have come in and Luke too.

“It will be great for us all to gain some experience and minutes.

“We’ve had a good season and performed well consistently and we have helped each other.

“We rely on each other as we don’t have a massive squad.”

Comments for: "West Brom's Ben Foster standing by to earn an England recall"

Stokewolf64

Providing no injuries, I think Foster will be on the plane to Brazil with Hart and Butland..

UTW

Cyril

Good news coming out of the Hawthorns ? We can win the League yet !

Who's got the best team in the World ?

We have, we have,

Who's got the best team in the World ?

Do-dah-do-dah-day.

It wasn't Foster's Beer yer honour, it was Ben Foster picked for England, honest !

I only had 15 pints to celebrate.

Kev in Mallorca

Now, now Cyril

If yo dow cut down onya drinking yowl end up in a bucket of paste singin' My Old Man'sa Dustmon and tellin' Mboy what'ya think of him.

Adeu

Cyril

Kev, before I went to bed last night, I drank an eggcupful of Aldi's Ginger Wine saved from Christmas.

I woke up with a massive overhang.

baggiebornandbred

Very proud to see ben in the england frame, feels good to see west bromwich albion in the titles of the fa website, we will have a few more in the next few years im sure of it