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