Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Forster Ready to Seize His Chance; Difficult Road Back from Injury Makes England Call-Up All the Sweeter

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Forster Ready to Seize His Chance; Difficult Road Back from Injury Makes England Call-Up All the Sweeter

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FORMER Newcastle United goalkeeper Fraser Forster hopes to get a chance to impress for England in their upcoming friendly double-header.

Roy Hodgson goes into the games against Germany and Holland without first-choice number one Joe Hart after the Manchester City man suffered a calf injury in Sunday's derby defeat to Manchester United.

The 28-year-old is likely to be out for two weeks and has been replaced by Burnley's Tom Heaton, but it is likely to be Hexham-born Forster or rival Jack Butland who step in for the game against Germany in Berlin tomorrow and the Wembley clash with Holland three days later.

Forster, also 28, has three England caps to his name and has kept seven clean sheets in his 11 Southampton appearances this season after recovering from a serious knee injury. The former Celtic goalkeeper suffered the injury just over a year ago but is now back in the international fold and is ready to stake his own claim for the gloves, with the European Championship now on the horizon.

When asked if the thought of being back involved with England had spurred on his recovery, Forster said: "Definitely.

"It is an honour to be involved for England and play for England, there are tough days but these trips and days with England make it all worthwhile.

"There will always be tough days when you're injured but it makes you appreciate these days much more. It has obviously been a tough year, it was a year yesterday that I got injured.

"There were a lot of hard days but it is great to be back involved and since getting fit it couldn't have gone much better really, we are on a great run at Southampton and to be back involved in fantastic."

Forster will be looking to take any chance he can to show he is an able deputy with Hart missing out.

"I'm really disappointed for Joe, no one wants anyone to get injured so it will be frustrating for him," he added.

"But hopefully he gets a speedy recovery, it is part of football and opens the door for someone else to get a game.

"For me it is obviously great to be back involved in the squad and it would be fantastic to get some game time in the next few games, it would be the icing on the cake for the last year for me. …

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