Fraser Forster has been excelling in between the sticks for the past three seasons, since a loan spell at Norwich City. Now the former Newcastle United stopper has been named in the England squad for the first time for the fixtures against San Marino and Poland later this month.
He joins his successor at Carrow Road John Ruddy and after his recent performances in the Champions League, the man being dubbed the best keeper in the world, Joe Hart as the three goalkeepers in the squad, allowing Jack Butland the opportunity to play for the under-21 side.
There are not many people alive who would have seen this man play the game, considering his last footballing appearance was in 1902 for Stockport County you would have to be at least over 110 to have had that pleasure.
But it would have been a pleasure as the former Aston Villa and West Brom star was one of the highest paid players of his era and infamous for being the only person to have scored both for England and against them, while representing Ireland.
He never played for England whilst at Celtic, as his career was in meltdown by the time he arrived in Glasgow; the predecessor of the George Best’s and Robin Friday’s of the future his womanising and drinking problems eventually put paid to his talent. He effectively retired from football aged just 29 and died alone in 1917 at 48.
Up to the not so distant past now and after a clamour of support for the left-winger as England’s long awaited answer to that infamous positional dilemma Thompson was given his debut in a friendly with Sweden in 2004.
It was his only cap and remains the only cap won for England by a player at that time contracted to Celtic.
His fall-out with Glenn Hoddle outdoes Steven Fletcher’s with Craig Levein on the petty factor and despite being Scotland’s best player in the 2003-04 season Chris Sutton never made an appearance for the senior England team.
He made two appearances for England’s ‘B’ side while at Bolton Wanderers and after a move to Celtic his international career was on the brink of that elusive breakthrough after an impressive first season. Any chance of a call-up in his second season was ended after he was diagnosed with testicular cancer and later transferred to Everton. He never played for England.
An England under-21 international while at Wolves and during a fantastic season at Parkhead in 2006-07 Steve McLaren planned on calling him up to the senior squad. However Naylor picked up an injury and was not considered again.
Fraser Forster isn’t alone in this current batch of Celtic players in pushing for an England call-up as Neil Lennon believes the former Scunthorpe striker has what it takes to represent the Three Lions.
Kris Commons called the former Tottenham trainee ‘world-class’ after his performance against Spartak Moscow recently, so a call-up could be around the corner for the 24-year-old.
So in summary it is very rare, in fact there have been more Senegalese, Israeli and Guinean internationals for The Bhoys then English but…
What do you make of the history of Celtic and England on an international scale, and the chances of Gary Hooper receiving a call-up?
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