Hart absence opens the door for Forster

Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster is desperate to boost his hopes of being England’s number one in the absence of Joe Hart.

Southampton: Hart absence opens the door for ForsterSouthampton: Hart absence opens the door for Forster

The 28-year-old has been in exceptional form since his return from a ten-month injury absence in January as he kept six consecutive clean sheets as Ronald Koeman’s men have moved up to seventh in the Premier League.

Forster also picked up the Player of the Month award for February and that persuaded England boss Roy Hodgson to hand him an immediate recall to the national side for the friendlies against Germany in Berlin on Saturday and Tuesday’s visit of the Netherlands to Wembley.

And with regular number one Hart sidelined by injury, the former Celtic custodian is looking to show Hodgson he deserves a run in the side ahead of Euro 2016 in France this summer.

Forster told the Daily Echo: “For me it is 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.

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

“No one wants to come to make up the numbers. We are fortunate to have Joe and Jack (Butland) and Tom Heaton is brilliant as well. We are very fortunate to have a number of really good keepers so there is obviously strong competition for the position.”

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