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Shilton hopes West Brom's Foster ends England exile

Former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton has urged Ben Foster to come out of his self-imposed international retirement.

The 29-year old, who is on loan at West Bromwich Albion from Birmingham City, temporarily pulled the pin on the England team to concentrate on his club career about a year ago but Shilton suggests his recent form could be very handy in the Three Lions' Euro2012 squad.

"It would be good if Ben reconsidered his decision," said England's most-capped player.

"Ben, when he has played for England, has looked okay and it would be nice if he came and was available again.

"It would create a nice trio of keepers in Joe Hart, Robert Green and Ben, who would pressurise each other.

"It surprises me when someone does not want to play for England, although I've got to say I did it once when Don Revie was manager and I felt he wasn't being honest with me.

"Ben is 29. I don't know is there is something deeper. He probably feels 'do I need to be travelling around at the end of the season being number two?'

"But anything can happen, an injury or loss of form, and suddenly you are England's keeper, win a medal and be a hero and win the first trophy since 1966. To me it's a case of 'hang on in there'."

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