FRASER FORSTER is tipping Celtic team-mate Odsonne Edouard to have “an amazing career”.

The towering keeper has been massively impressed by the 21-year-old French striker since he rejoind the Hoops in August on a season-long loan deal from Southampton.

Forster is hoping to attract the attention of England international boss Gareth Southgate and reckons good performances in Europe could attract the eye of the selectors.

He aims to put up the shutters tomorrow night when Lazio visit in the Europa League Group E confrontation at a packed Parkhead.

And while he is doing his best to frustrate the Italians at one end of the pitch, he expects Edouard to be doing the business in their half.

Forester, speaking to The Scotsman, said: “He’s been absolutely brilliant. I’m fortunate I get to see him every day in training. He’s been fantastic. He scored a hat-trick for the France Under-21 side the other day – in fact, he keeps banging in goals for them.

“He’s got the knack of scoring big goals at big times during games. I’ve been massively impressed by him. For certain, he’s a top, top player; he has two great feet so no-one knows what he’s going to do.

EYE ON THE BALL… Fraser Forster goes through an impressive warm-up routine. 

“Then there’s the way he goes past opponents – you think he’ll go one way, but he suddenly goes on the other side.

“He can take it on his left foot or right foot, which means he has the kind of variety which makes it a nightmare for defenders.

“If he keeps doing what he’s doing and works hard then there’s no absolutely no reason why he can’t go on and have an amazing career. He’s very good when you’re facing him in training.”

In 2013, Forster became only the second Hoops player to be capped by England, following Alan Thompson nine years earlier.

He played his sixth and last game for his nation in a 2-1 victory over Australia in May, 2016 and hopes there is a chance of playing in the Euro 2020 Finals.

Forster added: “I’d love to be a part of the England squad. I’d never close that door. I’d always want that to be an ambition of mine.

“We went through in the Champions League when I was called up for the first time and, hopefully, we’re going through in the Europa League this year.
“Basically, it all comes down to me performing the best I can, whether it’s in the Europa League or in the Premiership. If I’m doing that consistently then it forces other people into making decisions.

“The main thing is that I work hard and try to do well here.”



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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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