England goalkeeping great Peter Shilton says Celtic stopper Fraser Forster should leave the club for the Premier League.
Shilton, whose playing career went on for over 30 years, played 125 times for England including at three World Cups, and had some words of advice for Forster, who is looking to make it into Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad.
“I don’t want to knock Scottish football but, at the same time, there is no doubt that if Fraser Forster was playing for a Premier League club week in, week out and getting tested, he would be in a better position than just standing between the sticks for Celtic and having very little to do every week,” said Shilton.
“As a goalkeeper, you always need to be tested and he isn’t being tested at Celtic now that they are out of the Champions League.”
A number of Premier League teams have been linked with swoops for Forster, particularly after the former Newcastle United man turned in outstanding displays against Barcelona in the Champions League. But with him playing in the SPL, Forster is unable to truly challenge Joe Hart in the England goal, leaving many to wonder what his chances of starting in Brazil this summer would be if he was playing in the Premier League.
With no more left to achieve in Scotland, Forster needs to make the move back to England this summer, but Shilton still expects the 25-year-old to be given more opportunities to stake his claim under Hodgson, will pre-tournament friendlies on the horizon.
“I think Forster may get another half in the next couple of games as Roy will probably experiment,” Shilton said. “The goalkeeper position is vital because anything could happen at a World Cup.”
Shilton is right with that assessment, particularly after England's last World Cup campaign saw Robert Green drop an embarrassing clanger that cost Fabio Capello's side two points against USA, with David James coming in for the rest of the tournament, whilst Joe Hart – arguably the most talented of the goalkeepers even four years ago – was left to be third choice.
Hart has recently been under pressure, and if he has a “Robert Green moment” against Italy, Forster could find himself called into action – regardless of the fact that he plays in Scotland rather than the Premier league.