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Newcastle made a big mistake letting go of Forster

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One of Celtic's best players had an unsuccessful period at St. James Park as he was mostly playing for the reserve squad and was used only as a third goalkeeper for the first team. A move to Celtic turned out right for him.

On 8 November 2012, Fraser Forster made a debut for the Three Lions under their current manager Roy Hodgson. There are plenty of goalkeepers who could feature the World Cup in June, but Hogdson usually uses Hart, Ruddy and Forster. Ben Foster was recently called-up for the Denmark clash alongisde them.

Returning to Forster's beginnings at the club situated upon Tyne, there wasn't plenty of given opportunities for the 26-year-old which was oftenly omitted from the squad and sometimes, even from the bench.

Back then, most used goalkeepers in the first team were Shay Given and Tim Krul, one of the best players at the club today which was sent on loan, so Steve Harper had to replace him, leaving Forster behind.

Lots of loans followed for the national team representative, mostly playing for semi-professional English clubs - Stockport County and Bristol Rovers. Finally, in 2009 he was lucky to join Norwich at where he had been a regular first team member for his only season he spent there. 

Scottish champions Celtic have also loaned him one year later as he replaced Artur Boruc who joined Premiership side Southampton. Due to great season in Scotland, there was an extension of loan, although Forster took part in Newcastle's pre-season matches in August 2011, just a few weeks before the league start.

As Glasglow Rangers have been knocked out of the home-league, Celtic had no real rivals in the competition, winning again without any real suprises. Their loanee from Newcastle has become known for his clean sheets, breaking club's old record by number of consided goals.

There was no other solution for the Scottish club than to buy Forster. Newcastle only earned 2 million euros, while on the other side, Celtic have successfully brought him for a real bargain. It was a huge mistake by the English club to not giving him a chance at the club - he hasn't participated in even one Premier League match.

Nevertheless, four times capped Englishman is surely one of those who have earned themselves a call-up for the competition in Brazil and it will be a real treat to see him play.


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