According to The Telegraph, QPR goalkeeper Joe Lumley had said that he has ambitions of making Gareth Southgate’s England team.
The 23-year-old has been in sensational form for The Rs so far this season, after coming in while the club were in a crisis. Since his call up to the team at the end of August, he has kept seven clean sheets in 12 appearances for the club.
This is a great indication of where QPR are now as a club, as, had the ‘keeper made these comments two months ago, it would have been seen as ludicrous. Such ambition from a player in a team that were struggling so severely would have been laughed at by fans and pundits.
But now that Steve McClaren’s men are only three points from a play-off place, there is no reason why the man between the sticks cannot start dreaming of representing the Three Lions.
However, the worrying thing about this kind of ambition is that the player may need to move away from Loftus Road to realise his dream. If QPR fail to earn promotion this season, it seems unlikely that Lumley would be able to work his way into Southgate’s plans from the Championship.
Nonetheless, this is still a clear indication of how far QPR have come in the past weeks in the Championship. A club that were bottom of the table when Lumley was called up can now legitimately stake a claim for a top six, or possibly even a top two finish in the league this season.