Steve Clarke: 'Ben Foster quit England because of stress'

Ben Foster
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West Bromwich Albion manager Steve Clarke says that keeper Ben Foster quit his international career with England because of "stress".

West Bromwich Albion manager Steve Clarke believes that keeper Ben Foster quit international football because of "stress".

The 29-year-old made himself unavailable for England selection two years ago, stating that he wanted to focus on his club career.

Clarke told reporters: "If you're looking at a top-line goalkeeper, every mistake is analysed. If you go with England, it's magnified 10 times.

"Ben decided he'd rather spend time with his family than be put under that stress and strain and we respect that. For us as a club, it's good."

Foster made five appearances for the Three Lions in his three-year international career.

West Brom boss Steve Clarke looking pleased after his side go 2-0 up on November 24, 2012
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