Celtic's Fraser Forster earns first England call-up

Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster

Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster has been called into the England squad for the first time.

Forster, who joined Celtic from Newcastle in July this year following a successful loan spell, has been in impressive form for Neil Lennon's side.

Roy Hodgson has rewarded the 24-year-old with a place in his squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland.

Lennon has previously tipped Forster for England honours.

Reacting to news of Forster's call-up, Lennon said on Twitter:external-link "Well done Fraser Forster, it's fantastic recognition for him and Celtic....he thoroughly deserves this."

Forster spent two loan spells with Celtic from Newcastle before making the switch permanent during the summer.

Speaking in August, Lennon said Forster deserved a call-up as England did not have a plethora of goalkeepers to choose from.

England play San Marino at home on Friday 12 October and visit Poland on Tuesday 16 October.

England squad

Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Celtic), Joe Hart (Manchester City), John Ruddy (Norwich)

Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Joleon Lescott (Manchester City), Ryan Shawcross (Stoke), Kyle Walker (Tottenham)

Midfielders: Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Adam Johnson (Sunderland), Aaron Lennon (Tottenham), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Theo Walcott (Arsenal)

Forwards: Andy Carroll (West Ham), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United)