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Foster Is Best English Keeper Says Sir Alex

As goalkeeper Ben Foster readies himself for a move to Birmingham City from Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson labels him the best England goalkeeper.

The 27 year old is set to sign for Blues in a 6 million deal which will see Foster get much more first team action than at Old Trafford and hopefully rekindle his chances of getting back on the England scene.

Foster has barely cleared the 20 game appearance mark since joining the Red Devils from Stoke City in 2005, that is one of the reasons for him losing his England place.

But Sir Alex remains of the opinion that the player will get back to his very best.

Speaking to reporters, he said: 'We accepted the bid from Birmingham City simply because we knew how concerned Ben was about his future and I can understand that.

'I think most of that comes from his disappointment of not having played enough games to get in the England squad this summer.

'I still feel very strongly about this, that Ben's the best England goalkeeper and I can't work out why he wasn't even considered simply because he didn't have enough football.

'Sometimes your conscience does come into it and you have to understand a player's feelings about it.

'Ben's been a terrific servant for us, he's been very unlucky with a couple of injuries he's had with us last season and I think he deserves the opportunity to do better for himself.'




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Date:Wednesday May 19 2010

Time: 10:06AM

Your Comments

although he is a very good signing for you, I bet Alex said the same about Joe Hart this season. However it will be good for Ben to be playing regular football again as he has stagnated at United and must be a tad upset to be missing out on a potential WC place as he is certainly on a par with those who are going.
oxfordspur
I believe that he will come on leaps and bounds now he will be getting regular football. Best in England? Maybe not this year coming but it wont be far away.
Big Trev
In my opinion Foster has the positioning and reflexes of a TOP, TOP goalkeeper. The only area of his game that really needs work is his ability to handle pressure - as it badly affects his concentration and decision making. However, at Birmingham the pressure will be far less than it is at United. Just like Paul Robinson and Tim Howard have flourished in less pressurised atmospheres Foster will do the same - in fact I'd go as far as saying he'll be better than those two because in my view he is more talented than both. Just make sure your defenders dont pass him the ball when he is being closed down - it tends to always end badly.
tuscan3000
Agree with tuscan on the latter part . regular first team football helps many players to bloom.
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