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Foster tipped for the top

17 August 2006 05:10
Watford's on-loan goalkeeper Ben Foster has been backed to become England's number one in the near future by Hornets boss Adrian Boothroyd. The 23-year-old was a key figure in the club's rise to the Premiership and has returned to Vicarage Road for a second successive campaign to gain further experience. Foster was called up for the midweek friendly against Greece to act as back-up to Spurs' Paul Robinson, but Boothroyd believes the Manchester United keeper is heading for the top. He said: "I believe Ben has the potential to be England's number one. "We've had him for a year and we will have him for next year. Sir Alex Ferguson knows he likes it here and that he is learning and getting better. "He has personality, presence and hunger. He is willing to come back every day to improve and develop himself, and he can cope with the big occasions he has had so far. "It didn't faze him, either, that he went to train with England. And I don't know many goalkeepers who can kick the ball as far as he can with either foot. "The only thing he lacks is experience and he will get that here."

Source: ESA