Ben Foster singles out Liverpool youngster for praise

Raheem Sterling

The West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper says that Raheem Sterling is 'fearless' after being particularly impressed by him in training.

Ben Foster may be training with some of England’s finest players at the moment, but there was one man that he singled out for praise in a recent interview with The Times.

Foster is in Brazil, having been selected as part of Roy Hodgson’s 23-man England squad, and he was left to rave about the ability of Raheem Sterling after seeing the Liverpool man up-close.

The Liverpool winger is likely to be England’s wildcard in Brazil – with his pace and trickery proving a potent outlet in the Premier League for his club and Foster believes he will be key for The Three Lion’s World Cup, too.

“Raheem has so much talent, so much speed,” he said.

“He’s so fearless, he will keep running, and if you know you have someone willing to attack, it changes the team’s mindset as well, it puts them on the back-foot straight away.’’

Sterling is one of a crop of English youngsters that have provided a source of optimism for England fans ahead of the tournament, and Foster is certainly echoing a lot of supporters’ opinions with his thoughts.

The jet-heeled attacker made 33 appearances for Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool side this season – scoring nine goals and setting up five in the process.

He has now established himself as one of the brightest prospects in the world; and if he can bring his club form to the international stage then he is likely to be a player that can be a match-winner for Hodgson’s men.

Foster, meanwhile, is widely accepted as Joe Hart’s understudy for the tournament and he is likely to spend his time in Brazil on the bench.

He was keen to stress he does not mind this, though, and he will be doing everything he can to help Hart.

If it is any consolation for him, he will have the best view to watch Sterling weave his magic when the Liverpool man is on the pitch.

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