RUFC - Alfie For England!
Former Rotherham United striker Adam Le Fondre could play for England.
Who says so?
His Manager at Reading Brian McDermott that`s who!
Alfie stepped up from League Two football with the Millers to the Premiership with little preamble and has scored twelve goals this season, seven of them coming in January.
The twenty-six has scored Premiership goals against the likes of Stoke City, Everton, Manchester United and Chelsea and must now be making other clubs sit up and take notice of him.
Speaking to Talksport McDermott said that he couldn`t see any reason why Le Fondre can`t play for his country. 'I`m not picking Roy Hodgson`s team but I would say Alfie could score for England. His record is phenomenal.`
Last Wednesday Reading were two-nil down at home to Chelsea and with thirty-five minutes to go McDermott put Alfie on from the bench - in the last three minutes he scored twice to get the under-fire manager a point. But, despite his new tag of 'super sub` McDermott said 'I`m not saying he will only score from the bench, I would never say that. He finishes when he gets a chance.`
Mark Robins brought the striker to the Millers from Rochdale for an undisclosed fee and in ninety-nine games he put the ball in the back of the net fifty-eight times and became a fans favourite.
Obviously when a 'big` club came a calling it didn't take much to realise that he would be on his way and off he went to the Madjeski Stadium for a reported £300,000 plus add-ons. His last game for the Millers was at Don Valley in August 2011 when he scored against Barnet to help us get a two-all draw. Twenty eight days later he scored his first goal for the Royals against Doncaster netting another eleven to help Reading get into the Premiership.
There were some who said (though not Millers fans) that he`d never make it in the Premiership - well, OK, Reading might not be pulling up any trees but Alfie has been noticed and I think when we see him on TV we all have a little bit of pride knowing that he was once ours.
And how many times this season have you said 'Alfie would have got that in`? Me? Nearly every game!
So what do you think? Should Alfie be given a chance to play in the England squad? If he did would you be proud to think he was once a Miller or wouldn't it bother you?
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