The Reading top scorer has played second fiddle to Pavel Pogrebnyak in recent weeks but insists that he will continue to put the team first as they seek Premier League survivalReading striker Adam Le Fondre says that his long-term target is to earn a call-up to the England national team but insists that he is happy to bide his time and wait for a regular place in the Royals' starting XI.
The 26-year-old, who is a nominee for the Premier League's January player of the month award, scored two goals after coming off the bench to earn Brian McDermott's team a 2-2 draw against Chelsea but was restricted to a place among the substitutes again for the following visit of Sunderland.
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"I've got to do what's right for the team for the time being, until I can play in the team," he told the club's official website.
"Ever since I've come here I've wanted to play games but, the way things are going at the moment, I've just got to bide my time and wait and see if we can play two up front.
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Reading will be aiming to extend their unbeaten run in the league to five games when they face Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday, having dragged themselves out of the bottom three.
"If you consider where we were before Christmas, everyone had written us off," Le Fondre added. "We're still outside the relegation zone and we're dragging other teams into it.
"It should be a great game on Saturday. Obviously it's a tough place to go to - not many teams come away with points at the Britannia so I'm sure we'll go there strong and resolute. With the character we've got in the dressing room, I don't see why we can't go and get a result."