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Celtic boss backs Forster to become England's number one

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Celtic bad-boy manager Neil Lennon has instructed Fraser Forster to go and make the England No.1 jersey his own. 

Forster's consistency between the sticks in the past 12 months have led to Lennon feeling the stopper should be given his first cap in the next two friendlies, as England face Chile and Germany.

The Celtic keeper has put in some truly remarkable displays recently, most notably his contributions in the Champions League for the Bhoys against the likes of Barcelona. 

"Three years ago there is no way you would have envisaged Fraser being in the England squad," Lennon told The Guardian

"But he has just improved year in and year out. I have said this to him already. I said, 'You have just got to stay in the moment now.'

"Just keep this form going at this level and I can't see him not being picked for one of the friendlies coming up. I think he deserves the opportunity regardless of Joe's form.

"I don't want to put extra pressure on Fraser by saying, 'You have to play well.' I think he is really in a good place."

Forster could well be given the nod, with Manchester City shot stopper Joe Hart recently being dropped from the first team, allowing an opportunity for someone like Forster to stake a claim for the jersey. 

With the World Cup fast approaching, Roy Hodgson may be thinking about who he would like to take to the tournament as his number one, which could be indicated in the upcoming friendlies at Wembley. 

On the eve of Celtic's crucial European clash with Ajax, Lennon was hesitant to speak of Hodgson's relationship with Hart. 

The Scot added: "If Joe was playing brilliantly, Fraser still should get the opportunity. But then it's not up to me, it's up to Roy.

"Joe has played very well for him throughout the whole (World Cup) tournament and you need to show a bit of loyalty to your No1 at times. No matter if they have a rocky period or not.

"But Roy did intimate before the last group games that he may look at Fraser for these two friendlies. That's for the future. I need him at his best (for Ajax) and he seems to thrive in this environment."

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