England's goalkeeping deputies ready to seize friendlies chance

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Goalkeepers Jack Butland and Fraser Forster are both hoping to be given a chance to impress for England in their upcoming friendly double-header.

Roy Hodgson goes into the games against Germany and Holland without first-choice number one Joe Hart after the Manchester City man suffered a calf injury in Sunday's derby defeat to Manchester United.

The 28-year-old is likely to be out for two weeks and has been replaced by Burnley's Tom Heaton, but it is likely to be Butland or Forster who step in for the game against Germany in Berlin on Saturday and the Wembley clash with Holland three days later.

Stoke stopper Butland has enjoyed a good season with the Potters in the Barclays Premier League and, although he sympathises with Hart, he is now keen to add to his three senior caps.

"It is never nice for (someone who is) not just a fellow team-mate but a friend as well to get injured," he said.

"So it is terrible news for Joe and hopefully he recovers quickly. It gives us guys an opportunity to take advantage of that and hopefully get some game time this week.

"It is only for me to put my case forward and keeping sure I do well, that is my only focus and I'm not going to get bogged down into people comparing me this way and the other, just do what I can to show the manager I'm capable of doing the job and then it is his choice."

Forster, 28, also has three England caps to his name and has kept seven clean sheets in his 11 Southampton appearances this season after recovering from a serious knee injury.

The former Celtic goalkeeper suffered the injury just over a year ago but is now back in the international fold and is ready to stake his own claim for the gloves, with the European Championship now on the horizon.

When asked if the thought of being back involved with England had spurred on his recovery, Forster said: "Definitely.

"It is an honour to be involved for England and play for England, there are tough days but these trips and days with England make it all worthwhile.

"There will always be tough days when you're injured but it makes you appreciate these days much more. It has obviously been a tough year, it was a year yesterday that I got injured.

"There were a lot of hard days but it is great to be back involved and since getting fit it couldn't have gone much better really, we are on a great run at Southampton and to be back involved in fantastic."

Forster will be looking to take any chance he can to show he is an able deputy with Hart missing out.

"I'm really disappointed for Joe, no one wants anyone to get injured so it will be frustrating for him," he added.

"But hopefully he gets a speedy recovery, it is part of football and opens the door for someone else to get a game.

"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 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.

"We all want to come and we all want to play, that is no secret and everyone will say that."

Butland also said he always goes on England duty expecting to play, rather than turning up to train and warm the bench.

"Any time you come away, whether Joe has been here or not, you come away with the same attitude and that is to prepare to play," said the 23-year-old.

"You never know what is going to happen so it hasn't changed in my mindset or Fraser's as well, no matter whenever we come away we come away to prepare to play a game and that will be the same this week.

"Obviously we have got Ben Foster as well, he is on the edges and is back from a long injury and performing well."

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