Danny Guthrie has admitted that he still harbors a burning desire to represent his country, as the Royals prepare for another weekend without a competitive fixture as international football takes prominence.
The 25-year-old, who played for England at youth level, has clearly settled in quickly at Madejski Stadium – and is relishing the chance of getting back into action with the visit of Spurs on Sunday week.
“I’m a really ambitious person so I’d love to represent my country, it’s one of the reasons why I did move on,” said Guthrie.
“It’s one of the things I want to tick off on my list and I feel if I’m playing well and regularly I can. You’ve got your top players – the Gerrards, Lampards and Wilshires – then after that I think there’s a chance for a new group of midfielders to come through.
“It would have been easy for me to sign a deal at Newcastle and play 20 games a season but if I wanted to go to the next level then I felt I had to move on. I spoke to a few clubs over the summer but once I’d met the manager, and heard his plans – this is where I wanted to be.”
The midfielder opened is goalscoring account in the dramatic 4-2 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, and is enjoying life in a more attacking role with the Royals.
“In my time at Newcastle I was used more in a sitting role, like a quarter back almost – spraying the ball about, but the manager has seen something in me and wants me to get forward into the opposition’s final third to create a goal or create a chance.
“Playing with someone like Ledge who is a very good, disciplined player allows me to do that.”