Forster is just happy to look after number one

Fraser Forster has plaudits from all corners ringing in his ears, he's being tipped for England caps and he has Robert Green's hero coaching him at Colney.

Fraser Forster has plaudits from all corners ringing in his ears, he's being tipped for England caps and he has Robert Green's hero coaching him at Colney.

But don't ask him who City play next month and don't ask him who's behind the Canaries in the title race.

For Forster, it's strictly tunnel vision - and all he wants to see at the end of it is promotion.

The 21-year-old is on loan from Newcastle until the end of the season, and such is his impact that bosses at both clubs - Chris Hughton in the north-east and Paul Lambert here in Norfolk - are delighted with his progress.

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Both are tipping big things to come. Forster is happy to wait for international honours at any level - it's a case of first things first.

“I just want to focus on playing here and if that happens brilliant - if not it's not the end of the world,” he said. “Promotion first and then anything that comes with that will be the focus.”

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That will do for City fans, who have become used to seeing a procession of quality keepers over the years.

When Forster trains at Colney it is under the watchful eyes of Laurence Batty, who is working at City following the departure of Paul Crichton a fortnight ago. Batty is the man idolised by former Canaries stopper and World Cup hopeful Robert Green when he was a boy.

“He's a very nice guy and obviously every goalkeeping coach has got his own ideas,” said Forster. “Training has been a bit different over the last couple of weeks, but it's been really good and hopefully we will have him for the rest of the season.

“Obviously it's weird the way things work out and Rob Green has done extremely well for himself, but I just take every game as it comes and see what happens - just work hard and see where you end up.

“Everyone seems to be pretty happy with how I am doing and the feedback has been really good. It's good for me because I still get to train up there a bit and they can have a look at me, so it's working out well.”

If Forster's England ambitions are formed on a “wait and see” basis, then his view of the rest of League One is similar. While most others are studying points difference, goal difference and forthcoming fixtures, Forster is content to crank up the DVD player for another long away trip and let the others do the worrying.

“I tend to avoid looking at the league table and just focus on what we've got to do,” he said. “Obviously you want to see their results, but personally I tend not to look.

“If we win all our games we will get promoted and win the league - if we do that that's fine by me.”

All Forster would like this afternoon is a clean sheet - which he hasn't managed in the last six games.

“Obviously it is ideal to keep a clean sheet,” he said. “It keeps the pressure off the front men, but for certain reasons it hasn't happened, but hopefully we can get a clean sheet tomorrow and it will kick us on again.”

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