Fulham head coach Marco Silva says Harrison Reed has what it takes to make Gareth Southgate’s England squad next month.

The ginger-haired midfielder has shone as the newly-promoted Whites have taken the top flight by storm – finally breaking his goal drought after more than a hundred games at Craven Cottage – and Silva hailed the 28 year-old’s influence in the dressing room.

“In some moments, I have to say he is the heart of our team, because of the way he pushes the others. With his energy he can push our team. In other moments he has to be more relaxed but he has the right balance for us. Of course I want him to push more and more and to keep pushing to keep his position in our team. That is the main thing I want from him.”

Reed, who scored against Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa earlier this season, has been reinvented as a box-to-box midfielder by Silva since the Portuguese coach and Fulham cult hero Luis Boa Morte took over from Scott Parker.

“I knew him before I came here, just playing as a holding midfielder. My idea when I came here my idea was to play only with one holding midfielder and him playing a little bit higher and he did it really well. We demand different things from him than in other seasons in this football club – but he has adapted really well in certain areas that are not normal for him in the past. He can score goals and create chances for us.”

Southgate will soon be selecting his squad for the start of the European Championship qualifiers, which see England start with tough games against defending champions Italy in Naples and at home to Ukraine. Silva was happy to endorse the ‘Reed for England’ calls during his press conference this afternoon:

“About the national team? Of course I think he can have this ambition. It is a fair ambition. I push players to reach that level. His influence in our team has been really important for us.”