In-form man Yakou Méïté expressed his delight at being called up to the senior Ivory Coast squad for the first time, after being selected to represent his country over the international break.
The forward has scored six times in his last five outings in a Reading shirt, with the national selectors taking notice and calling him into the squad for an African Nations Cup qualifying game against Guinea this Sunday.
Méïté kept up his rich goalscoring vein of form with a crucial brace against Ipswich Town at the weekend, and is one of a clutch of Royals to be called into their respective national squads this November.
The Royal has already represented his country at youth level, but he is relishing the chance to be in and around the senior group for the first time.
“It feels very good," he smiled. "I’m scoring goals, feeling confident and the coach from the Ivory Coast called me.
“I think I’ve deserved it but I just need to keep going, scoring goals and doing what I’m doing at the moment on the pitch, I’m happy.
“I’ll be more motivated to keep scoring for Reading because when you play for the first team at international level, the team is very, very good.
“I’ll be representing my country so I think it will be very good for me and for the club as well.