FORMER Newcastle United goalkeeper Fraser Forster had to put the World Cup to the back of his mind all season – but Brazil is now all he thinks about.
The England international had to keep his focus on Celtic’s Scottish Premier League campaign during the season.
But Hexham-born Forster, having collected a third title-winner’s medal, now can’t wait to board the team’s flight to Brazil.
“At times you have to put it to the back of your mind and focus on club football,” said Forster, sold to Celtic by Newcastle two years ago.
“But we’re here now and that’s all you think about. It’s something special. It’s an added bonus it’s in Brazil – a once in a lifetime opportunity.
“Day by day, as we get closer to getting to Brazil, it gets that bit more exciting.
“It’ll be a great feeling when we get off that plane – that’ll be when we have to fully switch on.”
Forster, linked with a move to Tottenham, feels his Champions League experience will stand him in good stead.
“I’ve played something like 30 times in the Champions League,” said the 26-year-old. “It’s a good number of games at that level, and it’s a level I want to play at.”
Manchester City’s Joe Hart is Roy Hodgson’s first-choice goalkeeper. West Bromwich Albion’s Ben Foster is also in the squad.