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Fraser Forster hoping Celtic form can fuel his England ambitions

Fraser Forster of Celtic arrives ahead of the Scottish Premier League match between Hibernian and Celtic at Easter Road on 28 September, 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The Southampton goalkeeper is hoping performances in Europe can influence England decision makers.

Fraser Forster of Celtic arrives ahead of the Scottish Premier League match between Hibernian and Celtic at Easter Road on 28 September, 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Celtic's loan goalkeeper Fraser Forster is hoping that performances in Europe can help him push towards gaining selection to the England national team again, The Scottish Sun report.

Forster, who has won six caps in total for his country, hasn't been selected in a squad since October 2017.

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With his Southampton opportunities falling off a cliff in the time since, that's not a surprise, but there's a chance for a rebirth in Scotland.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has firmly installed the player as his number one choice in the position ahead of Craig Gordon and Scott Bain.

With his European displays catapulting him into the spotlight during his first Celtic spell, the player is now hoping the same can happen again this season.

As quoted by The Scottish Sun, the Southampton man said: "I’d love to be a part of the England squad. I’d never close that door and I’d always want that to be an ambition of mine.

"We went through the Champions League the last time, we’re going through the Europa League this year. It all comes down to me performing the best I can, whether it’s Europa League or in the league.

"If I’m doing that then it forces other people into making decisions. The main thing is I work hard and try to perform well here."

 

How has Forster been performing?

With four clean sheets from nine matches, Forster has had a solid start to the season. The defence at Celtic has looked notably more settled with him installed as a guiding presence.

For the most part he's looked confident, if not quite at the brilliant best that defined his first few years at the club before his move back to England with Southampton.

Whether it's enough to catch the eye of Gareth Southgate is another matter. Players don't generally win caps when playing in the Scottish Premiership.

Goalkeeper of Celtic Fraser Forster during the UEFA Europa League group E match between Stade Rennais and Celtic FC (Glasgow) at Roazhon Park on September 19, 2019 in Rennes, France.

Matches like tomorrow's clash against Lazio does thrust him into the big time again though. If he can pull out stops that keep the Italians frustrated then no doubt he'll make headlines again.

That he still has personal motivations to play for England is a good sign. For a time at Saints it looked like his career was going off the rails. He's back on track at least.

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