Fraser Forster has thanked Joe Hart, after the Manchester City goalkeeper gave him advice ahead of his England bow against Chile on Friday.

Celtic's Forster replaced under-fire Manchester City goalkeeper Hart in the starting line-up for the Wembley friendly on Friday, and certainly underwent a stern test. England lost 2-0, with Alexis Sanchez scoring a brace.

Boss Roy Hodgson gave him and a few other uncapped players the opportunity to gain some valuable international experience as the boss looks to see who he will take next year to Brazil.

"Joe was fantastic," said a thankful Forster. "He talked to me a lot before the game and at half-time. He's obviously very experienced at this level and a top-quality keeper.

"He's a fantastic guy and I can't speak highly enough of him."

Hart is set to start on Tuesday, with the Germans set to come to town. Forster expects the pressurised keeper to respond well after his recent mistakes for City.

An encouraging Forster said: "Joe's proven what a top-class keeper he is and made save after save. He'll come back stronger. He's a great lad. He's someone I speak to all the time.

"He's one of the best people I've come across in football.

"It's just a case of me doing as well as I can at club level and when I'm with the squad just trying to make as good an impression as I can.

"It's just a case of waiting your turn and trying to impress in training.

"It's fantastic to make my debut. I've worked very hard ever since coming to Newcastle to get to this point.

"I've had a taste of international football being in and around the squad and had an opportunity to work with (England goalkeeping coach) Dave Watson and the gaffer (Hodgson).

"This is what you want to be a part of. This is what you dream of as a kid. It's brilliant. It's a real inspiration to make me go and work harder."

Hodgson is also a supporter of Hart, and insists that he will not need to put his arm around the 26-year-old and tell him how to prepare for the Germany game.

He said: "I always try hard to tell players things they haven't heard of, I don't teach them to suck eggs.

"Joe Hart is an experienced goalkeeper. He understands the way of the world. He understands when he loses his place in the Man City team and is criticised for letting a couple in, what happened will happen.

"I don't need to take him to one side and say: 'By the way, Joe, this is what happens in football'. I have too much respect for him as a professional and a man.

"Tuesday is a tough mental test, a test of attitude and application but I fully believe that Joe understands that and is ready for it."

England will be looking to bounce back from their disappointing display against Chile, with an improved performance against Germany at Wembley as preparations for next summer's World Cup continue. 

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