England boss praises Royals set-up
England manager Roy Hodgson has hailed Alex McCarthy as having a fantastic career ahead of him, as the Royals stopper prepares to head to Wembley with the Three Lions.
Roy has called up our Academy graduate for tonight's friendly with Ireland, and spoke exclusively to readingfc.co.uk a few days ago.
"We’ve been impressed with Alex’s performances and this is a chance to get a look at a young goalkeeper with a big, big future ahead of him," said Hodgson.
"Hart and Foster are established, now we can work with him for seven or eight days, see how he fits in, enjoys it and what he can pick up from the other goalkeepers. Just before the call-up I was very impressed with him, his interviews and the way he handled it."
He continued, "Alex started the season like a house on fire, he unfortunately got an injury but I was pleased to see him back in the latter part of the season. I’ve seen him myself three times, Ray Clemence has seen him three times and we’ve had lots of reports on him as well.
"This is a great opportunity for us to look at him in training and matches, and get to know him better as a person. We’ve done it with Jack Butland, Ben Foster as well, as this time Alex joins the senior men in Hart and Foster. I’m certain he will enjoy working with them and we’d like to see how he gets on at that level."
In line with our #academyweek features, the national team boss also hailed Reading's history of producing players.
He said, "Reading have always produced players. I worked with Nicky Shorey, both at Fulham and West Bromwich Albion, and I know about all the players like the Longs and the Doyles you brought through in recent times, Sidwell as well. I would think the club would be very happy over the last ten years, a lot of players have gone through the ranks to become important players, firstly here and some have then gone on for good money."
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