England game-time would be icing on cake, says Forster

By SFC Media time Thu 24 Mar Club

Fraser Forster says game-time for England against either Germany or Holland would be the “icing on the cake” after returning from his long-term knee injury.

Forster missed nine months of action after suffering a serious knee injury in Southampton’s game against Burnley towards the end of the 2014/15 campaign.

The goalkeeper returned to Ronald Koeman’s side in January, before marking his comeback with six clean sheets in a row to help propel Southampton up the table.

His form was rewarded with an immediate return to the England set-up for this month’s friendlies with Germany and Holland, and with Joe Hart missing through an injury of his own, Forster is keen to impress.

“I’m really disappointed for Joe – no-one wants anyone to get injured and it’ll be frustrating for him,” Forster told reporters ahead of England’s trip to Berlin to face Germany.

“But hopefully he gets a speedy recovery. It is part of football and opens the door for someone else to get a game.

“For me it’s obviously great to be back involved in the squad and it would be fantastic to get some game-time in the next few games.

“It would be the icing on the cake for the last year for me,” he continued.

“It couldn’t have gone much better really since getting fit. We are on a great run at Southampton and to be back involved is fantastic.

“But it will be a case of working as hard as I can and show what I can do in training. Then it is someone else’s decision. I will work hard, show what I can do and go from there.”

Forster also believes England are in excellent shape ahead of this summer’s tournament in France. “It has been a fantastic year, there are so many positives,” he added.

“It was a really strong qualifying campaign, a lot of new young players have come through and shown what they can do.

“There are reasons to be positive, and we can be optimistic moving forward.”

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