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West Bromwich Albion FC Player Profiles

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UPDATED 04:00 26th June 2013

BEN Foster signed for Albion for an undisclosed fee in June 2012 having spent the previous season on loan at The Hawthorns.

* Foster was named the Club's Supporters' Player of the Year and Players' Player of the Year in 2011/12 as he impressed on loan from Birmingham, keeping 10 Premier League clean sheets.

* The goalkeeper duly penned a permanent deal and went on to enjoy another outstanding campaign in 2012/13, most notably saving a Steven Gerrard penalty in a headline-grabbing performance as Albion beat Liverpool 2-0 at Anfield. 

* In May 2013, he earned his sixth England cap when he replaced Joe Hart at half-time against the Republic of Ireland at Wembley – becoming the first Albion player to represent the Three Lions since Scott Carson in 2008.

* Foster, superb between the sticks, again collected both the Supporters’ and Players’ Player of the Season awards in 2013/14.

* He went on to make history in the summer of 2014 as he became the first Albion player to represent England at the World Cup in 44 years, keeping a clean sheet in the Three Lions’ goalless final Group D encounter against Costa Rica.

* Foster handed the Baggies a major 2014 pre-season boost by putting pen to paper on a new four-year contract plus a further 12-month option in the club’s favour, effectively pledging his future until 2019.

* By the summer of 2016, Foster had made 144 appearances for Albion in all competitions.

* The stopper made a dream switch from Stoke City to Manchester United in July 2005 and was sent out on loan to Watford to gain first-team experience. 

* He spent two years at Vicarage Road, helping the Hornets seal promotion to the Premier League via the play-off final in his maiden season.

* Foster made the first of 23 appearances for United in March 2008, going on to collect League Cup winners' medals in 2009 and 2010.

* The keeper signed for Birmingham in the summer 2010 and, for the second time in three years, was named man of the match in the League Cup final as he helped City clinch their first major trophy in 48 years by beating Arsenal 2-1.