Forster unfazed by England interest

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Fraser Forster excelled for Celtic in goal against Benfica on Wednesday night
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Fraser Forster excelled for Celtic in goal against Benfica on Wednesday night

Fraser Forster might just have taken a step closer to an England call-up after a solid display for Celtic against Benfica on Wednesday night in front of Three Lions' goalkeeping coach Ray Clemence, but he refuses to be fazed by the prospect.

There has been growing support north of the border for the Hexham-born keeper, who joined Celtic on a permanent deal from Newcastle in the summer after two loan spells at the Parkhead club, to be recognised at international level, if only as a back-up to current England number one Joe Hart.

The appearance in the Parkhead main stand of former England keeper Clemence for the opening Champions League Group G fixture against the Portuguese club, which ended in a goalless draw, confirmed Roy Hodgson's recent claim that the genial Geordie was "very much on our radar".

Forster was well protected by the Hoops defence but pulled off a couple of saves to keep his fourth clean sheet in five European ties this season.

The 24-year-old, though, was typically modest when asked about the presence of Clemence, saying: "I didn't know he was here beforehand but I've just got to do my best for Celtic.

"It's nice that he came up to watch, the Champions League is a great level but I've just got to do my best.

"As long as I keep improving I'll be knocking at the door and if anyone picks me that's great but we'll wait and see."

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