In the summer of 2014 Fraser Forster was England’s third choice keeper at the World Cup Finals as Roy Hodgson’s side crashed out at the group phase.
This morning the former Celtic keeper finds himself as third choice keeper at Southampton following the signing on Angus Gunn for £10m from Manchester City.
It has been a sharp decline for the 30-year-old who was out of action for seven months during 2015 after sustaining a serious knee injury.
Forster battled back from that set-back to regain his place in the Southampton side, in July 2017 he signed a five year contract which seemed designed to ensure that he didn’t leave St Mary’s on the cheap.
Early last season he lost his place in the team to Alex McCarthy with his last appearance coming in December during a 5-2 defeat to Spurs at Wembley.
With Mark Hughes putting his stamp on the side with the signing of Gunn it appears that the door to the Southampton team has closed- while the England international squad includes goalkeepers from Burnley and relegated Stoke.
Before joining Celtic, Forster spent time on the road on loan at Norwich, Bristol Rovers and Stockport.
A contract that runs until 2022 provides plenty of security but after battling through from third choice at Newcastle to be involved in the Champions League and World Cup it looks like Forster will have to prove himself all over again.