Forster craves Euros place

Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster hopes to once again use the Champions League to keep himself in England contention.

The imposing shot-stopper forced his way into Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad this summer, having come to prominence through a pair of virtuoso displays against Barcelona in Europe two seasons ago and continued his form consistently with the Hoops.

Fraser Forster

Born: Hexham, 17 March 1988
Club: Celtic
Previous clubs: Newcastle United, Stockport County (loan), Bristol Rovers (loan), Norwich City (loan), Celtic (loan)
England caps: 2
England debut: v Chile (h) 15.11.13

This season’s continental campaign begins with Tuesday night’s second qualifying round first leg against KR Reykjavik in Iceland.

Forster told the Sunday Post: “Playing in the Champions League has definitely been good for me in terms of exposure. But it’s been good for all of us and for the club too.

“We’ve all seen how big the Champions League nights are and it would be nice to get back in the group stages but Reykjavik will be a tough away game and we need to play as well as we know we can.”

Forster did not get to sample the action in Brazil, with Manchester City’s Joe Hart the established first choice and Ben Foster getting the nod for the dead rubber against Costa Rica.

But the 26-year-old is determined it will not be his last taste of tournament football and has Euro 2016 in France as his next target.

Fraser Forster, pictured with Neymar, received plaudits for his Champions League performances

Fraser Forster won plaudits for his displays for Celtic against Barcelona

 “One of my goals last season was to try to get into that squad and I was delighted to achieve that,” he said. “Our performances were really good in the tournament and it was just unfortunate we didn’t really get what we deserved out of the games.

“The Euros are now only a couple of years away so I’m already setting my sights on that.”