England's upcoming friendlies give Roy Hodgson a chance to give players the opportunity to stake their claim for the 23-man squad that will fly off to Brazil. One of these men has to be Fraser Forster. 

Joe Hart's fine mess with Matija Nastasic yesterday that allowed Fernando Torres to poke home the winner for Chelsea has given everyone a reminder that while the former Shrewsbury man remains the tried and trusted option that will most likely start for England when the tournament comes around, he should not be made to feel invincible.

A little healthy competition never hurt anyone - and Hart's most worthy challenger is the Celtic 'keeper. 

His consistently brilliant displays in the Champions League for the Hoops are attracting watchers from all over Europe, with Neil Lennon admitting he cannot stand in his way if the right club comes in. 

Perhaps playing in a better league will aid Forster's chances of putting some real pressure on Hart - but experimentation is what friendlies are for. 

Against Germany, something resembling a first-choice XI would probably make more sense, given the meaning of the game to Three Lions supporters and the colossal strength of the opposition, but Chile should not be feared as much.

Though it takes a decent side to qualify for two straight World Cups from the Herculean South American qualfying group, possessing the odd flair player in Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal, Chile represent an opportunity. 

Despite only plying his trade in Scotland, Forster has proved himself against the very best in the world with three outstanding performances against Barcelona in the last year and a half. Keeping Lionel Messi at bay is far from easy. 

Opportunities can also be given all across the pitch - it is mystifying why Michael Dawson cannot get so much as a sniff of an opportunity despite his continued brilliance for Tottenham every week. 

There is also the chance to see if Theo Walcott and Andros Townsend can work together, while you cannot rule out call-ups for Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana and Leon Osman, given the scattered performance of Tom Cleverley against Stoke City on Saturday. 

The England squad should remain an open book until the World Cup comes around - and Forster has every chance of making that spot his own if Hart continues to flap and miscommunicate.

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