Celtic goalkeeper Forster unsure of England place
Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster does not yet know if he will be involved in England’s friendlies in November, the Daily Telegraph has reported, as manager Roy Hodgson has not been in touch to offer any more information.
It has been suggested that with England safely through to next year’s World Cup, Hodgson could choose to stand down first choice custodian Joe Hart to get a closer look at the alternatives to the Manchester City player - particularly after Hart made a series of errors earlier in the campaign.
Forster and Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy have been the other two goalkeepers named as part of Hodgson’s squads of late but neither has extensive international experience - between them the pair have only 45 minutes of action for England to their names, and all of that resides with Ruddy.
But having impressed during Celtic’s 2-1 win over Ajax in the Champions League, Forster is hopeful of getting his national team debut - and not worried at the lack of communication from Hodgson. “There has been no mention about me being used [by England] in the friendlies which are coming up,” the former Newcastle United player revealed.
“There is still a lot of football to be played between now and next month and your club form has to be good before you can even think about playing for your country,” Forster added. “If it happens then it happens and it would be terrific but, until it does, I'm just concentrating on Celtic.”
Forster insists he is not put out by his role as an England reserve, despite claims from Hodgson’s Scotland counterpart, former Celtic manager Gordon Strachan, that Forster is good enough to wear the Three Lions because of his displays in the Champions League.
“The whole England thing is a bit of a bonus at the moment,” Forster said. “For me, it's all about playing well for Celtic and, if I can do that, the rest will take care of itself.”
The 25-year-old joined Celtic from Newcastle in 2010, originally on loan. After two years with the club the move was made permanent and he has gone on to make more than 150 appearances for the Bhoys in all competitions. A Newcastle youth product, Forster never played a senior game for the Magpies, but did spend a season on loan with Norwich before Ruddy’s arrival at Carrow Road.
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