Le Fondre: I have a long way to go to get an England call-up

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 survival
Reading 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.

Pavel Pogrebnyak continues to be preferred in a lone striking role and the Berkshire club's top scorer says that he is prepared to be patient in the hope that McDermott will give him the opportunity to be part of a front two.

"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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"It's a long way to go to get called up by England. I've had a great month and I need to keep that up, in the long run I might get there - you never know. It is a target - we all have aspirations and it keeps me working hard."

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."