Under-21 upset for Lita
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Reading hero Leroy Lita was disappointed to be left out of England's Under-21 squad.
Reading hero Leroy Lita admits he was disappointed to be left out of England's Under-21 squad last week.
Lita missed out on a call-up for the European Under-21 Championship qualifier with Moldova, which finished 2-2.
The 21-year-old was upset with Peter Taylor's decision, but is determined to force his way back into the fold.
"I was not even on stand-by for the Under-21s, so I was disappointed," conceded Lita, quoted in the Daily Express.
"But I've just got to make sure I score goals in the Premier League and, hopefully, get the big call."
Lita responded to the setback by scoring the winning goal in Reading's first-ever game in The Premiership against Middlesbrough on Saturday.
A half-time substitute, the former Bristol City hot shot pounced on 55 minutes to secure a 3-2 success after The Royals overcame a two-goal deficit.
Having broken his duck in the top flight, Lita is confident he can score goals on a consistent basis this season.
He added: "I've got to do it in The Premiership now, but I'm confident, I've always been confident.
"That's why I am where I am, because I believe in myself.
"I'm never nervous and the bigger the games are, the more I look forward to them."