Manchester United's injured reserve keeper Ben Foster has gotten a sterling vote of confidence from probably the all-time goalkeeping greats.
A cruciate knee ligament has prevented the 24-year-old from making an impact at Old Trafford this season, since returning from a successful loan spell at Watford, but Banks has already seen more than enough to be convinced that Foster will soon be a regular at Wembley.
"We are going through a bad time with keepers," acknowledged the World Cup winner, "but the lad I like most â€” and he's not playing at the moment â€” is Ben Foster.
"When he was on loan at Watford last season he looked very good.
"I hope they can get him fit as soon as possible because I think he's England's next No1."
Manchester United supremo Sir Alex Ferguson recently conceded that Foster's recovery from a cruciate ligament injury is taking longer than has been originally hoped.
The promising young keeper damaged his knee last spring and despite undergoing corrective surgery in June, he is still a ways away from offering giving Edwin Van Der Sar a run for his money.
The player himself has admitted that the road to recovery has been far from easy.
â€œI've been injured since May and when you can't do what you're paid to do it's massively frustratingâ€ he recently told the club's official website.