Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy is hoping an extended first-team run can propel him into the England reckoning.
McCarthy, 22, was handed his Premier League debut by Royals boss Brian McDermott in Sunday’s 3-1 home defeat by Tottenham. McDermott picked the youngster ahead of regular first choice Adam Federici, who was dropped after a less than convincing start to the new campaign. McCarthy produced two outstanding saves to deny ex-Royal Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jan Vertonghen in the early stages, but also had a couple of nervous moments as Spurs cruised to victory.
Now, he is aiming to cement his place as McDermott’s No.1 after patiently learning his trade away from the Madejski Stadium with six loan spells in the past five seasons. And the ambitious England Under-21 cap is also aiming to catch the eye of senior national boss Roy Hodgson. He told Sky Sports:
“I hope I can get a run in the Reading team now. I played in the Championship last year and I’ve been wanting to play in the Premier League for a long time. It’s a massive league. The game’s a lot quicker so I was pleased to get a start and I hope I can go on and build from that. I just have to get on and play my best. Obviously I want to play for England one day and this can give me a good chance to do that.”