Alex McLeish has hailed the form of Birmingham goalkeeper Ben Foster since his summer move from Manchester United ahead of the clash at Stoke.
McLeish revealed Sir Alex Ferguson told him Foster would be back in the England team by the end of the campaign when completing the £6million switch from Old Trafford.
Foster has been a model of consistency and produced what he described as the best save of his career to deny Carlton Cole during Saturday's 2-2 draw with West Ham at St Andrew's.
McLeish said: "That was a fantastic save, close in, point blank, and his reaction was wonderful. He had agility, the speed with which he got across was fantastic.
"You have to be in tip-top form to be able to move like that and Ben is in top form. You can see from that save and the penalty save he made earlier in the season that his form is spectacular.
"I knew we were getting a guy who just needed to play and even Sir Alex said to me when we signed him `he will be in the England team by the end of the season'. He is fighting Joe Hart for that position. He is a good keeper."