I Love Football - Ben Foster

Last Updated: 02/02/13 12:34pm

Foster: grew up idolising Schmeichel

We all love football here on Soccer AM, but what about the people who play the sport for a living?

We want to know why the Beautiful Game means so much to the nation's top footballers... so we ask them in our 'I Love Football' feature.

This week it's the turn of West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster to tell us about his childhood memories and footballing heroes...

My earliest memories of football are... when my dad used to wake me up on a Sunday morning when I was playing for a Sunday League team when I was 10 or 12, something like that.

My football hero was... Peter Schmeichel. He was a fantastic goalkeeper and I loved everything about him. Brilliant.

The greatest game I've ever watched... was probably the Champions League final when Manchester United beat Bayern Munich. It was probably not because of the match, but just because of the way it ended. The emotion at the end of the game was just unbelievable.

You wouldn't know I used to... be a chef when I left school, from 16 until 18.

If I didn't have football growing up I would... probably be a policeman or fireman for some reason. I just like the idea of catching people and stuff.

The future of football is... technology. I don't know if it's a good thing or not, but I think they'll be bringing in goal-line technology and things like that in the future. I don't know if it's going to be a good thing or not, but we'll have to wait and see.

I love football because... I get paid to play the sport that I love to do. I'd play for free if I had to.