England World Cup squad profile: Fraser Forster

The Celtic goalkeeper has just picked up a third league winner's medal in Scotland but is expected to spend his time in Brazil watching from the sidelines
Fraser Forster made it into England's World Cup squad but is unlikely to see any playing time in Brazil, as he heads to the tournament as the Three Lions' third-choice goalkeeper behind Joe Hart and Ben Foster

Capped just once by his country Forster has been preferred to John Ruddy by Roy Hodgson and Goal takes a look at how he is shaping up ahead of this summer's bonanza.


First choice for Celtic, Forster won his third Scottish league title this season as Neil Lennon's men ran away with the title, finishing 19 points ahead of second-placed Motherwell and losing just one league game all season.

The Hoops conceded just 25 goals in 38 games with Forster enjoying a record-breaking season between the posts at Celtic Park keeping 21 clean sheets and being voted into the PFA Scotland Team of the Year.

The 26-year-old set a new club record by keeping 13 clean sheets in a row, and also beat the Scottish league record for minutes played without conceding a goal, going 1,256 minutes without being beaten.


Forster has no previous international tournament experience, having only been capped once by his country, that appearance coming in a friendly against Chile in November 2013 at Wembley.

The Celtic goalkeeper had previously been called up by Hodgson for the World Cup qualifiers against San Marino, Poland, Moldova and Ukraine but with Joe Hart and John Ruddy ahead of him in the pecking order, unsurprisingly did not feature.


Forster has been handed the No.23 shirt for the World Cup and as such is highly unlikely to see any game time in Brazil as the squad's third-choice goalkeeper.

Manager Hodgson has admitted that Forster is unlikely to play and says his priority is ensuring Hart and Foster are in-form and ready for when they tournament begins.

"When you’re third-choice goalkeeper you might have to accept your chance of minutes are less. When it comes to Ben Foster and Joe Hart they’re in a different category, where I’d be looking to get them minutes," he told reporters.

"Whether I can get Fraser some as well is harder. There are only three matches and Joe Hart in particular, who’s our number one…but even Ben as well…20 minutes each isn’t doing them any good."