Football: Ex-Millers ace tipped to get England nod

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READING manager Brian McDermott insists former Rotherham United striker Adam Le Fondre is capable of transferring his super sub exploits on to the international scene with England.

The 26-year-old started last season in League Two with the Millers, but he has had no problem stepping up to the Premier League.

Le Fondre took his tally for the season to 12 on Wednesday when he scored a vital late brace to help Reading earn a 2-2 home draw against European champions Chelsea at the Madejski Stadium.

The striker has scored crucial late goals in his team’s last three league games, earning him the moniker of Reading’s super sub.

McDermott insists Le Fondre is good enough to start for his team for 90 minutes, however, and even believes the Stockport-born hitman is capable of playing for England.

“I spoke to Ray (Lewington, England assistant) this morning, he was at the game on Wednesday and I don’t see any reason why Adam Le Fondre can’t play for his country,” McDermott said.

“He finishes when he gets a chance. He couldn’t have been under any more pressure there but he produced. I’m not saying he can only score from the bench, I would never ever say that.

“I’m not picking Roy Hodgson’s team, but I would say Alfie (Le Fondre) could score for England from the bench or score for any team. His record is phenomenal.”

Tottenham, meanwhile, confirmed last night that goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes has joined German side Hoffenheim on loan until the end of the season.

Gomes had fallen well down the pecking order at Tottenham in the last two years following the arrivals of Brad Friedel and Hugo Lloris.

The Brazilian was keen to secure a move back to his homeland in order to try to win back his place in the national squad ahead of the 2014 World Cup, but the 31-year-old this evening joined Hoffenheim after the Bundesliga side made an approach in the last 24 hours.

The Brazil international joined from PSV in 2008 and went on to become a regular under Harry Redknapp, but a series of high-profile errors saw the former Spurs boss bring in Brad Friedel and Gomes and has struggled to get into the starting XI ever since.