England and Southampton keeper Fraser Forster stretchered off
Last Updated: 25/03/15 4:12pm
England could be facing a goalkeeping crisis ahead of their international double-header after Fraser Forster was injured during Southampton’s match with Burnley.
Roy Hodgson named only two keepers on Friday when he announced his squad for the European Qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley on March 27 and the friendly with Italy in Turin five days later.
However, Hodgson could be left with only Manchester City’s Joe Hart after Forster was stretchered off during his side’s Premier League clash with Burnley at St Mary’s.
The 27-year-old, who has been ever present for the Saints this season, crumpled to the ground when his left knee appeared to give way as he cleared a ball upfield.
Forster immediately signalled to the bench that he needed replacing and was carred off to a standing ovation from the home fans before being taken to hospital.
“Fraser is in the hospital - it’s not looking positive," said Southampton boss Ronald Koeman.
"I spoke to the doctor but we have to wait for the scan. That will tell us how bad the injury is. It’s unlucky but we have more goalkeepers and Kelvin Davies showed today he is quality. He did a fantastic job when he came on. He’s not nervous on the bench and makes himself very comfortable. He’s an experienced goalkeeper.”
England's options between the posts are limited as West Brom’s Ben Foster is unavailable due to a knee problem while Hodgson’s third choice keeper, Jack Butland, is currently due to play for the U21’s on Friday night.
Queens Park Rangers' in-form keeper Rob Green has been on the cusp of an international return although he could face competition from Burnley's Tom Heaton, who has been outstanding this season.
Meanwhile, Harry Kane celebrated his first England call-up with a first Premier League hat-trick as Tottenham Hotspur edged Leicester City 4-3 at White Hart Lane on Saturday.