Former Norwich City goalkeeper Fraser Forster ‘learned a lot’ with England during World Cup

England goalkeepers (left to right) Ben Foster, Fraser Forster and Joe Hart during a training session at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami, USA. Picture: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. England goalkeepers (left to right) Ben Foster, Fraser Forster and Joe Hart during a training session at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami, USA. Picture: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
6:30 AM

Former Norwich City goalkeeper Fraser Forster has declared the World Cup a “fantastic” learning experience despite England’s 
disappointment and his scarce time for reflection.

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The Celtic keeper, who was chosen ahead of City’s current number one John Ruddy, did not feature in Brazil but won his second cap in a warm-up against Honduras before soaking up the knowledge of team-mates and coaches alike.

The 26-year-old hoped to remain in Brazil until mid-July but finds himself already back with his club at their pre-season camp in Austria after England’s group-stage exit.

But the lessons he learned in South America are still fresh and he wants to take them into his day-to-day work.

“It was a fantastic experience. It was great to be part of a World Cup in Brazil,” Forster told Celtic TV.

“It would have been nice to have stayed in the competition a bit longer but we played well in the games and didn’t get the results we needed.

“On a personal level it was good to be involved. I think I learnt a lot.

“You spend a lot of time around people that you’re not normally around. You watch and learn what other people do and try to take one or two per cent from other people and incorporate that into your game, or your training or gym work. There is plenty you can learn.”

With Celtic’s Champions League campaign kicking off in Iceland on next Tuesday against KR Reykjavik, Forster has wasted no time in 
rejoining his team-mates.

Despite the arrival of Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon, who has signed after recovering from a career-threatening knee injury, and the continued presence of Lukasz Zaluska, Forster is back in the fold days after his previous season ended.

“I’ve only had five days or a week off,” the former Newcastle man said.

“The season finished and straight away it was all about the World Cup. The World Cup finished and I was thinking about getting back here for pre-season and hitting the ground running.

“It’s important we are switched on and everyone gives 100 per cent.”

14 comments

  • Ya he learned England are full of no hopers, who have as much passion as the manager "Woy"

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    OLDYELLA

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

  • D McD. Forster. Just saying. Oh.. `damn` too. Btw, did they really print this Archant? I do agree with your sentiments, though. Dreadful little piece of

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • He probably did learn a little after watching the quality and commitment of Cost Rica, Algeria and a few other teams who produced perfomances unlike England. A bit different to the Mickey Mouse league he plays in

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    JohnW

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • oops first he should be if

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • well he he learnt a lot from that bunch he must have known f'all before

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • Why you bothered to print this Archant is beyond me, who give a dam what Foster said, I bet Ruddy was pleased to read this dross

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    Derek McDonald

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • Well Done Fraser Foster,we think you did well you know can say "I was part of an England squad that played badly at the world cup finals" At least John Ruddy has not got that on his CV.Played in a world cup finals and got beaten by better teams.Get a life forster and play real football

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    canarykid

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • In other news: Fraser Forster said " I'm really pleased I bought this Fenceguard from B + Q. I've learned a lot about painting my shed.."..

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • We all enjoyed what Fraser did for us 5 seasons ago but that was it. JR has done a lot more for us and he's the man.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • Who gives a flying fig what he learned otbc.

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    pete22

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • .....What's all this learning malarky?...By the time you get chosen to represent your country in the World Cup, You should be well and truly 'learned'....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • I agree with you, Cutty, regarding John Ruddy. Adds nothing.

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    Kent Anglian

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • Looks like "Hit the ground running" is cliche of the week.

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

  • I bet this article cheers Ruddy up.

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    cutty

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

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