England boss Hodgson plans Juve spying mission for Celtic star Hooper

GARY HOOPER can use the Champions League last- 16 ties against Juventus to fire his way into the England squad.

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Gary Hooper is in line for England call-up
Gary Hooper is in line for England call-up

Neil Lennon has confirmed Roy Hodgson plans to be at Parkhead on Tuesday to see the striker, pictured left, in action.

The England boss will also be there to get an update on the condition and form of Fraser Forster, who is scheduled to return to action at Inverness today following his neck problem.

Hooper has set his sights on getting a call-up. And if he can achieve this while wearing the Hoops, it could help persuade him to sign the new contract which remains on the table and delay any plans to move south of the border.

Forster has already made the breakthrough to the England squad, but had to miss this week's game against Brazil due to his injury.

Lennon met Hodgson recently at the coaches' seminar he attended in England, and the Parkhead boss revealed: "I thought he may have thrown Gary in against Brazil.

"But Roy told me he wasn't going to involve him or Fraser, although Fraser's injury would have hampered him anyway. I think he's going to come and watch them on Tuesday."

Forster is just one of the players who is receiving intensive treatment to ensure they have the chance to line up against Juve.

And Lennon is delighted to have him the imposing keeper back for Inverness.

However, it remains a battle against the clock for Emilio Izaguirre and Georgios Samaras, while James Forrest is still having his hamstring condition assessed.

The manager said: "James had a scan on Tuesday and he came through that okay. He had a scan again yesterday and we're waiting for the results.

"If he is all clear, then Inverness may be too early for him, but he will feature in the squad for Tuesday."

Efe Ambrose will also be in the squad for Juve, but may have to settle for a place on the bench after his exertions at the African Cup of Nations.

The final is tomorrow in South Africa, and Lennon said: "His agent is working on plans to get him back.

"We've already put measures in place to get Efe back.

We'll need feedback on what kind of condition he's going to be in and then he has a 10-hour flight.

"Even if he doesn't start, he will definitely feature in the squad."


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