Danny Guthrie: Reading FC can help England ambitionsBy Jonny Fordham
July 04, 2012
Danny Guthrie believes playing for Reading could help him secure a dream England call-up.
The 25-year-old midfielder was persuaded to join the club on a free transfer from Newcastle United after interrupting his honeymoon in Dubai to speak with Royals manager Brian McDermott and director of football Nick Hammond.
Guthrie, who has agreed a three-year deal, will meet his new team-mates tomorrow when Reading return to training and he is eager to impress at Madejski Stadium and alert England manager Roy Hodgson of his qualities.
“I’ve come here to play and if that happens then I think it will give me a chance of breaking into the England squad,” he told the Reading Post.
“I think it’s exciting times with the England set-up and if you’re good enough you should get a chance, regardless of the club you play for.
“That’s the way I’m looking at it. I know I will get a chance to play at Reading and that if I’m playing well I’ll stay in the team.
“It hasn’t always been like that before.
“It’s exciting times, but also a bit nerve-wracking as it feels like it’s my first day at a new school tomorrow.
“I’m excited to get going after being part of a great bunch of lads at Newcastle United for the last four years.
“Last season I played some of the best football of my career, but no matter how well I played someone else would come in.”
McDermott stole a march on Reading’s rivals when he and Hammond made an 8,000-mile round-trip to the middle east last month where Guthrie was honeymooning with his new bride Rebecca.
“When Brian McDermott and Nick Hammond came out to Dubai that spoke volumes about how much they wanted me,” said the Liverpool trainee, who made his debut for the Reds against Reading in a Carling Cup tie in 2006.
“The manager did not have to sell the club to me that much.
“We met for a coffee and he just told me of his plans and what everyone was like at the club and how it was run.
“After that it was just a case of me doing the medical and signing the contract.”