Reading boss McDermott tips 'special' Le Fondre for England

The Royals boss sees no reason why the in-form striker cannot stake a claim for a place in Roy Hodgson's future squads, while revealing the possibility of another new signing

Reading manager Brian McDermott has praised super-sub Adam Le Fondre after the striker came off the bench to score two late goals in the 2-2 draw with Chelsea, insisting an England call-up should be considered.

The 26-year-old has now scored five goals in his last three Premier League games to take his tally to 10 for the season and his manager is delighted with the 26-year-old ability to make an impact as a substitute.

"He’s a bit special," the manager told the club's official website.

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"To come off the bench and pick up the speed of the game as fast as he did, and those two finishes were from the top drawer. I’ll be watching the second goal 20 times!"

McDermott suggested that the former Rotherham man could even be in line for call-up to a future England squad, should his fine scoring form continue.

"I spoke to Adam when he joined us and said England has to be something you look at it," he added.

"That’s his goal, he’s one of the top English goalscorers and it’ll be interesting to see. And I’m not selling him! We did his contract recently and I am very, very glad we did!"

Reading have been linked with attacking additions during the January transfer window, with a failed £8 million bid for Blackpool winger Tom Ince last week, and McDermott did not rule out another signing after admitting defeat in acquiring the Liverpool target.

"Thomas Ince won’t be coming here," he revealed.

"We tried to get him but Blackpool have been very strong and I think he’ll be staying at Blackpool. He’s a wonderful talent.

"There’s possibly one [coming in]. It’s 50/50, maybe a little bit against."

The Berkshire outfit have already added Crawley midfielder Hope Akpan to the squad this month, and McDermott is delighted with the youngster’s impact at the Madejski Stadium after he assisted Le Fondre’s first goal against Chelsea.

"He came on against Chelsea at 21 years old, just out of Crawley," the boss continued.

"If he’s worked with David Moyes then he has worked with a top manager. He did terrifically well. We paid £300K for him - you wouldn't sign him for £300K now!"