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Fraser Forster Biography, Age, Club, Career, Net Worth & Wiki

Fraser Gerard Forster born, 17 March 1988, is an English professional football goalkeeper who plays for Premier League club Southampton and the England national team. Fraser Forster began his career with Newcastle United and spent time on loan with Stockport County and Bristol Rovers. Forster subsequently went on loan to Celtic during the 2010–11 season, where he helped them win the Scottish Cup.

He joined Southampton for a reported £10 million in August 2014. Forster had a solid initial season in the Premier League, but he suffered a catastrophic knee injury in March 2015 that sidelined him for the remainder of the season. Forster’s comeback boosted Southampton’s ascent from thirteenth to sixth place in the league, earning them qualification for the UEFA Europa League the following season.

Fraser Forster

Fraser Forster

Fraser Forster Bio/Wiki

Birth NameFraser Gerard Forster
Nick NameThe Great Wall
Age34 years (as in 2022)
ReligionChristianity
Sun Sign/Zodiac SignPisces
Birth PlaceHexham, England
Date of BirthMarch 17, 1988
NationalityBritish
ResidenceWinchester, England
Home TownHexham, England
HobbiesListening to music, cooking

Family

Mother's NameNot Available
Father's NameNot Available
BrotherNot Available
SisterNot Available

Girlfriends/Affairs

Affairs/GirlfriendsEx girlfriend - Leah Totton
Fraser's ex girlfriend

Fraser's ex girlfriend

Marital Status, Wife and Children

Wife/SpouseUnmarried
Marriage DateNot Available
ChildrenOne

Education

SchoolRoyal Grammar School
College/UniversityNot Available
Educational QualificationGraduate
ProfessionProfessional Footballer
Brands EndorsedNike
Career ManagerNot Available

Height, Weight, and Figure Measurements

Height (Approx.)2.01 meters
Weight (Approx.)93 kgs.

Figure Measurements

Chest Size42 inches
Biceps Size14 inches
Waist Size34 inches

Extra Ordinary Features

Race / EthnicityWhite
Hair ColorBrown
Eye ColorDark Brown
S*xual OrientationStraight
Dress SizeNot Available
Shoe Size11 U.S.

Favourite Things

Favourite FoodPizza
Favourite BookNot Available
Favourite ColorsNot Available
Favourite SportFootball
ControversiesNone

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Life of Fraser Forster

Fraser Gerard Forster born, 17 March 1988, is an English professional football goalkeeper who plays for Premier League club Southampton and the England national team. 

Forster was born in Hexham, Northumberland, the son of Brian Clive Forster QC (who subsequently became a circuit judge), and went to the Royal Grammar School in Newcastle, but did not start playing goalie until he was 13 years old. 

He had previously primarily played rugby union or cricket. Coaches first felt Forster was too tiny to play goalie, despite playing for local junior team Stocksfield before joining the illustrious Wallsend Boys Club. However, at the age of 15, he experienced a big growth spurt and eventually signed with Newcastle United.

Fraser Forster began his career with Newcastle United and spent time on loan with Stockport County and Bristol Rovers. Forster subsequently went on loan to Celtic during the 2010–11 season, where he helped them win the Scottish Cup.

He stayed on loan for another season, winning the Scottish Premier League, before becoming a permanent squad member in 2012 for a cost of £2.2 million. Forster received several accolades for his achievements at Celtic, and he retains the Scottish top-flight record of 1,256 minutes without allowing a goal. 

Fraser Forster joined Southampton for a reported £10 million in August 2014. Forster had a solid initial season in the Premier League, but he suffered a catastrophic knee injury in March 2015 that sidelined him for the remainder of the season. When he returned in January 2016, he rapidly regained his form, going on to establish a club record of 708 minutes without conceding a goal.

Forster’s comeback boosted Southampton’s ascent from thirteenth to sixth place in the league, earning them qualification for the UEFA Europa League the following season.

During 2012 and 2013, Forster was called up to various England teams before earning his maiden international debut in November 2013. He was chosen for England’s World Cup and Euro 2016 teams in 2014.

Forster possesses a remarkable degree of agility despite his massive stature; Ian Brown, who coached him as a teenager at Wallsend, stated that “He was and still is an incredible shot stopper. I’ve seen him save shots for Southampton that he shouldn’t, and his body bends.” In one-on-one circumstances, he appears to amplify his already massive stature to an onrushing opponent. 

However, Forster was chastised early in his Celtic career for lacking confidence and authority, and for being unsure with the ball at his feet. He developed with time, and his confidence and kicking significantly improved.

His focus was also highlighted; given Celtic’s domination over the bulk of their opponents in Scotland, their goalie generally enjoys extended periods of inactivity, but when called upon, Forster was always awake and ready.

Fraser Forster Net Worth

Fraser Forster came through the Newcastle United youth system before establishing his reputation in Scotland with Celtic FC. He returned to England with Southampton in 2014 and has a net worth of up to 30.6 million Euros. In July 2017, the goalkeeper agreed to terms with Southampton on a four-year contract worth four million euros per year. His market worth is currently close to 2.4 Million Euros.

Estimated Net Worth in 2022 (Approx)30.6 Million Euros
Estimated Net Worth in 2021 (Approx)27.6 Million Euros
Annual Salary4 Million Euros
Market Value2.4 Million Euros
Income SourceProfessional Footballer

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Football Career

Club Career

Forster signed his first professional deal with Newcastle United’s Academy in 2005. In the 2007–08 season, Forster was Newcastle’s third-choice goalkeeper, while Tim Krul was on loan at Falkirk and featured regularly in the reserves. Fraser, however, never made a first-team appearance for Newcastle throughout his six-year contract, owing to the fact that he spent the most of his time on loan to other teams, frequently for full seasons.

With Krul returning for the 2008–09 season and fully recovered, it was Forster’s time to go on loan. On 2 October 2008, he was loaned to Stockport County to fill in for regular goalkeeper Owain Fôn Williams, who was away on international duty with Wales. On 7 October, Forster made his debut for Stockport in the Football League Trophy second round, which they lost 1–0 away to Bury. 

In October, he began his first league encounter for Stockport County, which ended in a 1–1 draw away to Southend United. He returned to Newcastle on November 1 after finishing his loan term with Stockport, where he played six league games and kept three clean sheets.

Forster, who had been on the bench for Newcastle on more than 20 occasions in the Premier League, required consistent playing time and signed a month-long loan agreement with Bristol Rovers on July 31, 2009. In the four league matches he played for them, he maintained two clean sheets. 

Norwich announced in November 2009, that they had reached an agreement with Newcastle to extend Forster’s loan. The loan was extended until the conclusion of the 2009–10 season. This happened after he had impressed the Norwich fans with his performances and helped the side rocket up the League One table. 

He was also given permission to play in Norwich City’s cup matches.Norwich manager Paul Lambert complimented the saves as “world class” and a tremendous contribution to the squad.

Forster was named Norwich City Player of the Month in November 2009. On April 17, 2010, Norwich City won a hard-fought 1–0 victory at Charlton Athletic, with Forster making outstanding saves to deny Nicky Bailey and Deon Burton. Norwich won League One with a 2–0 win against Gillingham a week later. 

Forster was voted the club’s Players’ Player of the Year 2010 and finished second in the Supporters’ Player of the Year award in acknowledgment of his role in Norwich’s success. An outstanding season at Norwich was capped by his receipt of the Macron Golden Gloves Award for the greatest league clean sheet record, with 18 clean sheets in 38 league games and 20 clean sheets in 20 outings.

Forster joined Celtic on a season-long loan from Newcastle on August 24, 2010. “He’s a big guy, he’s come well recommended,” Celtic manager Neil Lennon said of Forster. “His age is the one thing going against him because otherwise he’s got the traits you look for.” He made his Celtic debut against Motherwell on August 29, 2010, and maintained a clean sheet as Celtic won 1–0. With the exception of two cup matches, he went on to play in every match of Celtic’s season.

Forster had a fantastic season with Celtic, finishing second in both the League Cup and the Scottish Premier League. Forster and teammate goalkeeper Lukasz Zauska combined for 23 league clean sheets, exceeding Celtic’s previous clean sheet record from the 2001–02 season. Of the 22 clean sheets, Forster preserved 21. He finished his season with a 3–0 win over Motherwell, which helped Celtic win the Scottish Cup. In 44 games for Celtic, he kept 24 clean sheets.

After appearing in pre-season for Newcastle against Darlington, Orlando City, Leeds United, and Fiorentina, as well as being named among the substitutes for the Premier League season opener against Arsenal, Forster returned to Celtic on loan for the remainder of the season on August 17, 2011. 

Fraser Forster playing for Newcastle United

Fraser Forster playing for Newcastle United

He helped Celtic draw 0–0 at home against FC Sion before losing 3–1 away, only for UEFA to reinstate Celtic into the Europa League with 3–0 victory in both legs when Sion were deemed to have fielded ineligible players. He let up goals in each of his five group matches.

Forster had a fantastic 2011–12 season with Celtic, helping the club win the Scottish Premier League and break the previous season’s record of 23 clean sheets. He and Zauska combined for 25 clean sheets, with Forster collecting up 21 of them. 

Hearts were given a disputed penalty in the last minute of a league match at Parkhead in December 2011, with Celtic leading 1–0. To earn three crucial points for Celtic, Forster made a superb save from Eggert Jonsson’s penalty attempt. He preserved 26 clean sheets in 47 outings that season.

On June 29, 2012, it was confirmed that Forster has signed a permanent contract with Celtic for a cost of around £2 million paid to Newcastle United. Forster was praised as a “high class keeper” by manager Neil Lennon, who saw him as an essential addition to the club.

On 7 November 2012, Forster delivered a determined performance against Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League group stages, assisting Celtic to a historic 2–1 triumph during the club’s 125th anniversary week. Because of the caliber of his performance, the Spanish press dubbed Forster “La Gran Muralla” (“The Great Wall”).

Forster continued to shine in domestic contests. Motherwell were granted a soft penalty against Celtic in January 2013. Surprisingly, referee Steven McLean let Tom Hateley take the penalty kick from just in front of the penalty spot. Forster received a yellow card for his objections to McLean. However, the goalie went on to make an outstanding one-handed stop high to his right. 

Forster pushed over a thunderous Gary Harkins dipping shot at full-stretch the following month in a league encounter against Dundee. In May 2013, this save was chosen the SPL Save of the Season. Forster went on to win a second league title with Celtic that season, and completed a league and cup double with a 3–0 triumph over Hibernian in the Scottish Cup Final on May 26, 2013.

Celtic qualified for the UEFA Champions League again in 2013–14, and faced Barcelona at Parkhead on October 1, 2013, losing 1–0. Despite the loss, Forster once again excelled with numerous fantastic saves, including an amazing double save near the conclusion of the game.

Fraser Forster playing for Celtic

Forster’s outstanding performances for Celtic in the Champions League and his participation in the England international squad prompted media reports in October and November 2013 that numerous clubs, notably Manchester United and Manchester City, were considering an offer for the goalie. 

In reaction to the rumors in the press, Celtic manager Neil Lennon stated, “It’s going to be hard to keep Fraser the way he’s playing,” adding, “Inevitably, I think a large club will come in and make a huge bid for him.”

On February 2, 2014, Forster set a new club record by keeping 11 consecutive league clean sheets. Forster played in Celtic’s first four Champions League qualification matches, despite rumors connecting him to a move to Southampton.

Celtic and Southampton agreed on a rumored price of about £10 million for Forster’s transfer to the Premier League club on August 8, 2014. Southampton made the trade official the next day, when Forster signed a four-year contract with the club.

On August 17, he made his Premier League debut in Southampton’s opening match of the season, a 2–1 loss against Liverpool. By mid-October, and after eight Premier League games, Forster had four clean sheets and only allowed five goals, the best defensive record in the Premier League at the time.

In a match against Burnley on March 21, 2015, Forster suffered a significant knee injury while clearing a back pass and was led off the field by doctors. He was replaced by Kelvin Davis.

Despite being anticipated to be out for up to a year, Forster returned to light training in November 2015. On January 6, 2016, Forster played the whole 90-minute Under-21 Premier League Cup encounter against Chelsea and kept a clean sheet.

On 13 January 2016, he made his Premier League debut, playing the full 90 minutes and maintaining a clean sheet in Southampton’s 2–0 win against Watford.

Forster’s performance versus Arsenal on February 2, 2016, in his fourth match, was particularly excellent and received much praise. The Gunners controlled the game, with 11 shots on goal to Southampton’s three. Forster made a number of saves in what The Daily Telegraph called a “genuinely inspired goalkeeping display.”

Although he had been first choice goalkeeper since his debut at Southampton, it wasn’t until Kelvin Davis retired in the summer of 2016 that Forster was officially given the customary goalkeeper’s “number 1” shirt at the club.

Despite Forster’s and Southampton’s overall poor run, the Saints were the only team in history to reach the League Cup final without surrendering a single goal. However, Southampton lost the final 3–2 against Manchester United on February 26, 2017. Despite a difficult season, Forster finished the season with 14 clean sheets.

With the acquisition of Angus Gunn from Manchester City as a back-up for Alex McCarthy in July 2018, Forster was moved further down the pecking order at Southampton.

On 22 August 2019, it was revealed that Forster’s old club Celtic had agreed to a season-long loan with Southampton. Forster’s contract with Southampton has three years remaining, although he has not featured for the club since December 2017.

Fraser Forster playing for Southampton

Fraser Forster playing for Southampton

By March 2020, Celtic were 13 points clear in the league and on their path to a ninth straight triumph; however, because of the COVID-19 epidemic in the United Kingdom, all professional football in Scotland was banned later that month. The Celtics were later crowned champions.

Despite media rumors that Forster might return to Celtic for a second stint, he returned to Southampton for the 2020–21 season. Forster made his season debut in the EFL Cup on August 25, 2021, as Southampton defeated Newport County 8–0 to earn their largest away win in history.

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International Career

Roy Hodgson named Forster to England’s team for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland on October 4, 2012. On November 8, 2012, Forster was picked to Hodgson’s England team for a friendly against Sweden. 

In March 2013, Hodgson named Forster to his England team for the 2014 World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro. Forster was included in England’s team for the World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine on August 27, 2013, joining Joe Hart and John Ruddy in the goalkeeper race.

Forster made his England debut on November 15, 2013, in a friendly match against Chile at Wembley Stadium. England lost 2–0, however Forster was “blameless” for both goals and made a “great diving stop” to prevent Chile from scoring a third. With this game against Chile, Forster became only the second Celtic player to play for England, following Alan Thompson in 2004.

Hodgson nominated Forster to England’s 23-man team for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil on May 12, 2014. On 7 June, he came in for Joe Hart in England’s final warm-up match before the tournament, a 0–0 tie with Honduras. Forster traveled to Brazil with the rest of the England team, but he did not play.

Forster missed much of 2015 due to a knee injury, but his performance after returning to football in early 2016 won him a recall to the England group in March. He appeared in the second half of England’s 3–2 friendly triumph against Germany in Berlin, making a superb save from a Marco Reus free kick before conceding a goal to Mario Gómez. 

Three days later, on March 29, 2016, Forster played the entire 90 minutes in a 2–1 loss to the Netherlands. Danny Rose claimed that the handball that led to the penalty for the Netherlands’ first goal was not malicious, while Phil Jagielka seemed to be fouled in the build-up to Luciano Narsingh’s winning goal.

Despite the loss, Forster played with poise and made some good saves. Forster was nominated to England’s 23-man team for UEFA Euro 2016, yet he was once again an understudy to Joe Hart and did not appear in any of England’s four matches at the tournament.

Following Euro 2016, Forster was an unused replacement in consecutive England matches before being withdrawn entirely from the team in August 2017.

He expressed his desire to rejoin the national squad in November 2019. Forster was called up to the England squad for friendly matches against Switzerland and the Ivory Coast on March 23, 2022. He came in as a late replacement for Sam Johnstone.

Fraser Forster Training with England team

Fraser Forster FIFA 22

Forster was born on March 17, 1988. He is 34 years old and currently plays goalkeeper for Southampton in England. In FIFA 22, his overall rating is 75, with a potential of 75. Forster has a skill moves rating of one star. He favors shooting with his right foot. Medium / Medium are his workrates. According to our database, Forster’s height is 201 cm and his weight is assessed to be 93 kg. Fraser Forster is currently wearing number 44. His best goalkeeping stats are:

  • Strength: 80 
  • Reflexes: 80
  • Diving: 76
  • Positioning: 75
  • Handling: 71

Fraser Forster FIFA 22 Stats

Strength80
GK Reflexes80
GK Positioning75
GK Diving76
GK Kicking64
Jumping69
Shot Power48
Interceptions22
Agility44
Composure54
Ball Control33
Sprint Speed35
Long Passing19
Short Passing27
Stamina29
Aggression44

Facts about Fraser Forster

  • Growing up, he preferred cricket and rugby, but at the age of 11, he discovered football and was identified by the Wallsend Boys Club while playing for Stocksfield FC.
  • In 2005, he signed his first professional deal with the Newcastle United Academy.
  • Celtic signed him on a permanent move in 2012 for a sum in the region of £2 million; he had previously played for the club on loan for two years.
  • On November 15, 2013, he earned his first cap for England in a friendly match against Chile at Wembley Stadium.
  • He was named to the PFA Scotland Team of the Year in April 2014, alongside Celtic teammates Virgil van Dijk and Kris Commons.
  • In August 2014, he joined Southampton for an undisclosed sum.
  • In 2016, he was awarded Premier League Player of the Month for February after recording a Southampton record 6 straight clean sheets.

Honors

  • With Norwich City, 

          Football League One: 2009–10 

  • With Celtic,

          Scottish Premier League/Scottish Premiership: 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2019–20

          Scottish Cup: 2010–11, 2012–13

          Scottish League Cup: 2019–20

  • With Southampton,

          EFL Cup runner-up: 2016–17

  • Individual,

          Norwich City Players’ Player of the Season: 2009–10

          Norwich City Supporters Player of the Season runner-up: 2009–10

          Celtic Players’ Player of the Season: 2012–13, 2013–14 (shared)

          Football League Golden Glove Award League One: 2009–10

          Scottish Premier League/Scottish Premiership Most Clean Sheets: 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012– 13,                  2013–14

          SPL Save of the Season: 2012–13

          Most consecutive league clean sheets for Celtic – 13 clean sheets

          Premier League Player of the Month: February 2016

 

FAQs

How much does Fraser Forster earn?
He earns about 4 Million Euros per annum. 

For whom does Fraser Forster play?
He plays for the Southampton F.C. and the England National Football Team.

How tall is Fraser Forster?
Fraser is 2.01 meters tall.

How old is Fraser Forster?
Forster is 34 years old.

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