After getting knocked out of the FIFA World Cup 2014, the England boss Roy Hodgson decided to test his bench strength in the last match against Costa Rica and on the place of Joe Hart, he gave Ben Foster the opportunity to stand between the sticks.
The West Brom goalie did well and the match ended in a goalless draw, but, that move of Hodgson didn’t go well with the former English striker Stan Collymore.
According to Collymore, the other shot stopper in the Three Lions squad i.e. Fraser Forster had better skills and thus, he should have been tried out in that dead rubber.
Collymore, in fact, reckons that Foster should not have been included in the World Cup squad of England at all and it’s John Rudy who should have gone to Brazil on his place.
Foster had actually kept himself away from international football for some time. But, then, he came back into the reckoning again and eventually was given the ticket to Brazil by Roy Hodgson.
Collymore told the reporters the other day, “Look, I am one of those people who believe that country should always come first. You’ve got to respect the opportunity that you get to represent your country at the international stage. I don’t appreciate guys who make themselves unavailable for selection in their national squads.”
Collymore is right in what he is saying. A player should always prefer his country over anything, but, the reason behind Foster’s unavailability for England was his fitness and some personal issues.
Both these are genuine reasons and a player should not be criticized for taking a break due to such reasons.
Foster, after making his debut back in 2007, has played only 8 matches for the Three Lines so far.