Friday, 7th February, 2014

West Bromwich Albion manager Pepe Mel is of the opinion that Ben Foster should be England's number one goalkeeper at the upcoming World Cup.

Manchester City’s Joe Hart has been a regular starter for England under manager Roy Hodgson, and the Baggies goalkeeper will be vying for one of two understudy positions with Fraser Forster and John Ruddy.

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However, Mel, who took charge of West Brom in January, feels Foster is the best goalkeeper in England.

The Spaniard further added that the 30-year-old’s main strength is dealing with crosses.


"For me, Ben Foster is the best goalkeeper in England", he was quoted as saying by the BBC.

"He should be England's number one at the World Cup, but Hart at Manchester City is a good goalkeeper.

"Obviously it's normal I say this about Ben because he is my player, but he is a very, very good goalkeeper", added Mel, who took over at the Hawthorns earlier this month.

"In particular, he is very good with crosses. He has no problem dealing with them."

Foster joined West Brom on loan from Birmingham City in 2011 and made his move permanent the following season.

The former Manchester United custodian, who made himself unavailable for international selection between May 2011 and February 2013, has six caps for England since making his debut in 2007.

He last represented the Three Lions in their 1-1 draw with Republic of Ireland last May, coming on as a half-time substitute for Hart.

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