Southampton stopper Fraser Forster has said getting game time for England against Germany or the Netherlands would the “icing on the cake” after his return to football after a long stint out with a knee injury.
Forster, who missed nine months of football after suffering a serious knee injury while playing for Southampton against Burnley at the back end of the 2014/2015 season, told the Saints' official website "it's obviously great to be back in the squad", and that "it would be fantastic to get some game time" in England's upcoming friendlies.
The Saint returns
The goalkeeper returned to Ronald Koeman’s side in mid-January and has been on red hot form since, at one point keeping six consecutive clean sheets. His form has resulted in a call-up to the national squad and propelled his side significantly up the table.
Current number one, Manchester City’s Joe Hart picked up an injury in the recent Manchester derby which has ruled him out of the two upcoming friendlies. “I’m really disappointed for Joe," Forster emphathised. "Nobody wants anyone to get injured and it’ll be frustrating for him.”
With Hart injured this provides an opportunity for Forster to stake a claim for the number one spot, but the former Celtic man was keen to express his hope for Hart to have "a speedy recovery".
Speaking about his own recent recovery from injury, Forster was happy to say that "it couldn't have gone buch better" since returning to the first team. "We are on a great run," he said. "To be back involved is fantastic."
50 years of pain
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. The goalkeeper praised the number of young players who have staked their own claims for international action this summer during "a really strong qualifying campaign".
England want to end their 50-year wait for international silverware in France this year, and Forster is positive about their chances: “There are reasons to be positive, and we can be optimistic moving forward.”