Bolton defender Tim Ream has set his sights on earning a recall to the United States national team.
Ream has been left out of the last two squads by USA manager Jurgen Klinsmann, with the 25-year-old citing his lack of playing time at Bolton and Owen Coyle's dismissal as manager as the reasons behind his omission.
With Matt Mills picking up an injury in last weekend's 2-2 draw at Huddersfield Town, Ream is expected to feature when Wanderers host Charlton Athletic on Saturday afternoon and he believes the key to winning back his place in the national team is playing regularly at the Reebok Stadium.
"Obviously, the first step is getting games consistently," Ream told The New York Times. "After that, you can't really look too far ahead.
"You want more national team games and to get called into camps and be part of that group being with 15, 16, 20 guys you have something in common with.
"I spoke with the manager about the last two camps. At the beginning of August, I was on the verge of being called in, but it was the beginning of the season and Jurgen didn't want to get in the way. Then, this last camp, I was going to go, then Owen Coyle got fired and Jurgen didn't want to take me away from some solid training with the new manager.
"I think I'm right there. If I start to get games, and games in a row, hopefully I'll be right in the mix."
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