Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Forster Woe as Cap Dream's Put on Hold; Former Toon Keeper Facing Career Dilemma

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Forster Woe as Cap Dream's Put on Hold; Former Toon Keeper Facing Career Dilemma

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Byline: NEIL CAMERON

GEORDIE goalkeeper Fraser Forster is heading back to England in a bid to save his international career.

The former Newcastle United player helped Celtic win the Scottish Cup on Sunday, to complete a domestic double, and picked up his fourth winners' medal in three years with the Glasgow club.

Forster, a Wallsend Boys' Club graduate, has always said he wanted to return to his native North East.

And has never hidden from the fact he remains an avid fan of Newcastle, who pocketed PS2m for the 25-year-old when he agreed a permanent deal with Celtic last summer, despite having never played a first-team game for his boyhood club.

The giant 6ft 7in stopper, originally from Hexham, forced his way into Roy Hodgson's England set-up last season, but has been left out of the squad for the upcoming games against Brazil and the Republic of Ireland.

And it looks as though he would jump at the chance of a move to the Premier League if the chance arises.

Forster said: "It's a tough one. Celtic have been fantastic for me and this season couldn't have gone much better, both personally and as a team.

"But it's disappointing not to be in this England squad.

"I've got to be looking towards the World Cup next year and trying to be on that plane. So I'll just have to do whatever is necessary to make that squad.

"I've got quite a while left on my contract here, and if we can get through the Champions League qualifiers - which will be tough - to get in the group stage again would be something special. We'll just have to wait and see.

"I didn't get an explanation as to why I was left out this time although I haven't spoken to anyone at England. It's just one of those things.

"We haven't got that long off in the summer anyway, so you just have to take the positives out of it. I'll get a good rest and come back next season raring to go. …

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