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The Newcastle boss believes that the Celtic goalkeeper has all the attributes to be the Three Lions' No.1, with an international debut widely expected to come on Friday

Fraser Forster deserves his chance with England as he can do things that other goalkeepers cannot, says Newcastle manager Alan Pardew.

The Celtic goalkeeper, formerly of the Magpies, is expected to make his Three Lions debut on Friday against Chile with the out-of-from Joe Hart making way.

"Fraser is such a big frame in the goal and that's probably his biggest asset," Pardew told the press. "He can reach right into the corners of the goal to make fabulous saves when other goalkeepers might struggle to get up there.

"We're all chuffed for him because we really liked him as a guy."

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The 52-year-old explained how he wanted to keep Forster at Newcastle but unfortunate timing meant that he had to be moved on in order to gain regular first-team football.

"Unfortunately, it was just a case of the timing not really working out," Pardew lamented. "Timing and circumstances in life is what it's all about and things have worked out well for him.
"I only had him for a short period but he was always a confident guy, very assured about his ability. I think he's a very intelligent boy and that will stand him in good stead if he is selected to play for England at some stage.
"Let's get one things straight about Fraser - we didn't want to lose him but Fraser was absolutely adamant that he wanted first-team football and we couldn't provide him with that.
"Obviously, you can't play two goalkeepers - that's a bit tricky - and, at the time, we just felt that Tim [Krul] had the edge.

"Since then, there's no doubt that Fraser has progressed at Celtic. I thought it was a great move for him because it's opened the door to a lot of European football. He's done terrific in a lot of those games."