Forster thankful for advice from England goalkeeping rival Hart

Friends and rivals: Forster has been taking advice from Hart Photo: PA

Fraser Forster thanked goalkeeping rival Joe Hart for his advice ahead of his own England debut.

Hart's blundering form for Manchester City and England has presented those with pretensions to the national team's number one shirt with an opportunity and Celtic goalkeeper Forster made his bow in Friday night's 2-0 loss to Chile.

"Joe was fantastic," Forster said.

"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."

England boss Roy Hodgson confirmed Hart would start against Tuesday on Germany, meaning Forster will have to bide his time for another opportunity, with John Ruddy also eager for action.

Forster expects Hart to respond well from his recent wobble.

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."

Forster found himself marginalised at Newcastle and revitalised at Celtic, where his performances in the Champions League caught Hodgson's eye.

Having now experienced international football, the 6ft 7in keeper from Northumberland hopes to do so again.

"It's fantastic to make my debut," he added.

"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."