By SFC Media time Thu 23 Feb Man Utd vs Saints

Fraser looks to the EFL Cup final

“It means the world to me,” says Fraser Forster, as the prospect of playing in a first major cup final in England draws closer.

“I think since joining the club, you meet how ambitious the owner is, the chairman is, and how they want to keep the club moving forward.

“The club's come a long way in a short space of time, and it would be a real reward for everyone who's played any part along that journey.

“Obviously, for the team that goes out, we've worked very hard to get to this point and it would be fantastic if we could go and lift the cup for us and the supporters.”

Forster is no stranger to either Wembley or a cup final.

He has plenty of experience of the former with England, while he twice lifted the Scottish Cup in his time with Celtic.

"There's no other feeling like it,” says the keeper, ahead of Sunday’s EFL Cup final. “It's a bit of everything. There's obviously excitement, joy, happiness, relief – it's such a unique thing to feel, and to go and do that in England would obviously be a fantastic achievement.

“If you look at the teams we've beaten on the way to the final, we've knocked out Arsenal and Liverpool, so we've overcome some of the big teams and there's no reason why we can't do that when we face Man United.

"We've got huge respect for Man United. They obviously have a world-class manager and world-class players in every position, but there's nothing to fear. You go out and give it everything you've got, and hopefully on the day that's all it takes.

"I think if you look not just at me, but through the lads as well, we've got a lot of players who have won things in their career and that experience I think will be crucial.

“It's important just to go out on the day and think it's any other game of football really and not get caught up in everything else that's going on.

it's a fantastic achievement to get to the final without conceding.

fraser forster
southampton goalkeeper

“If we look at how far we've come in the last five or six years as a football club, it's obviously a fantastic achievement and a real reward for the hard work that's gone in.”

With Saints having gone through the entire competition so far without conceding, Forster is hoping for another resolute performance against Manchester United. 

"It's a fantastic achievement to get to the final without conceding,” he says. “I think it's great credit to everyone who's played really.

“We've done our jobs at set-pieces and we've defended front to back in every game. Everyone's put in the hard work and it's a team game, and we've done that together.

“That's a fantastic achievement. Having got to Wembley, you don't want to give away cheap goals in a final.

“You want to go out and be as solid as you can be, and that side of it is as important as scoring at the other end, so it's important we go out and be very solid as a team.”