Forster Has Dream Return To Celtic Park

Last updated : 19 November 2014 By Footy Mad - Editor

He signed for Celtic in a £2m deal from Newcastle, and they made him the international star he is today.

Fraser Forster

England's visit to Celtic Park meant a lot to the Hexham-born goalkeeper and England manager Roy Hodgson made up for not playing him in Brazil during the World Cup.

He was the only player in the England squad of 23 who failed to make it onto the pitch.

But I'm sure all was forgiven last night, as he played out the full game on his old stomping ground.

Wayne Rooney silenced the ferocious home supporters as England eased to a 3-1 victory over Scotland in the Battle of Britain.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain converted a superb deep cross from Jack Wilshere in the first half and Rooney scored his 45th England goal after the break to double the lead.

Andrew Robertson pulled one back for Scotland in the final minutes, but they could not add a second and Rooney found the net to seal the victory.

Fraser Forster, making his second England start, did not have a save to make until the 55th minute.

But the biggest praise must go to Rooney, who moved above Jimmy Greaves to become England's third-highest goalscorer of all time on his 101st appearance for the Three Lions.

Roy Hodgson (talking to ITV): "It certainly was a good performance from the team and there were many young players.

"We were talking a lot before the game of the atmosphere and the support Scotland get here and how it's a little bit different to many of the games we play.

"I thought we handled that well.

"(Wayne) is important because we are such a young team - as I said - and he's one of the few elder players.

"I think we're getting a situation where some of the younger ones that don't have too many caps do get a lot of help on the field from the people around them.

"Wayne Rooney's going to be delighted with his couple of days, from Saturday to now, because first he picks up his (100th) cap and a goal and today he takes part in a game where we've beaten Scotland away from home and he's scored two."

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan: "I think we've got to say well done to England - that's a team full of Champions League players.

"We maybe have been a bit mentally tired from the Friday and I think England spooked us with the intensity they had in the game.

"They were determined and as intense as I've seen them for a long time and I think that goes down to a lot to what they thought might have happened if they didn't do that."