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Celtic keeper receives England international call-up

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[media-credit name=”Pic: Vagelis Georgariou” align=”alignleft” width=”402″][/media-credit]Forster, who joined Celtic for £2 million from Newcastle in the summer after a successful loan period the season before, has been in top form for Neil Lennon’s side earning many plaudits along the way.

After Forster was called up, Lennon took to Twitter saying: “Well done Fraser Forster, it’s fantastic recognition for him and Celtic….he thoroughly deserves this.”

A delighted Forster spoke exclusively to the Celtic website, he said: “I´m obviously delighted and happy to get the call-up. I´m excited as well and just looking forward to meeting up with everyone really. It´s a great opportunity and a great chance to test myself against some great players.

“I got a call from the gaffer yesterday to let me know he thought it was going to happen and then I found out for definite today so I´m thrilled. I spoke to my parents last night to let them know, and they were obviously delighted as well.

“I think it´s recognition for the work we´ve put in and our performances, so I was delighted to get it and it is another incentive to keep pushing on and working hard.”

Forster spent two loan spells at Celtic before making the switch to Parkhead permanent this summer. With Joe Hart and John Ruddy in the lineup ahead of Forster, a starting place for either games against San Marino nor Poland is expected, but the call up is welcome news for the shot stopper all the same.

However there was no call-up for Celtic team-mate Gary Hooper, despite plaudits from manager Neil Lennon on how he should be in the England side.

England squad

Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Celtic), Joe Hart (Manchester City), John Ruddy (Norwich)

Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Joleon Lescott (Manchester City), Ryan Shawcross (Stoke), Kyle Walker (Tottenham)

Midfielders: Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Adam Johnson (Sunderland), Aaron Lennon (Tottenham), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Theo Walcott (Arsenal)

Forwards: Andy Carroll (West Ham), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United)

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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