Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster called into the England squad for World Cup double-header against San Marino and Poland
Last Updated: October 4, 2012 7:55pm
Fraser Forster: England call-up
Celtic's Fraser Forster has been named in the England squad for their World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland.
The call-up caps a memorable week for the 6 foot 7 inch keeper who has been in outstanding form in recent months and helped his club record their first away win in the Champions League in Moscow on Tuesday.
Forster, who was watched by goalkeeping coach Ray Clemence against Benfica last month, is the first Celtic player named in an England party since Alan Thompson appeared in a friendly against Sweden in 2004.
However, there was no place in coach Roy Hodgson's squad for Forster's in-form team-mate Gary Hooper, who has scored seven goals in four games, including the opener in the 3-2 win over Spartak.
Celtic boss Neil Lennon has been calling for the striker to be given a chance but Hodgson has stuck with Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck, Andy Carroll and Jermain Defoe for the double header on October 12 and 16.
Speaking on the club's official website, Forster said:"I am obviously delighted and happy to get this call-up.
"I am looking forward to meeting up with everyone and it gives me a great chance to test myself against some great players.
"This is something I've aimed for and worked towards and I'm just delighted to get the call-up. It probably won't sink in until I have been there and done it though."