Reading striker Pavel Pogrebnyak living the Premier League "dream"

Pogrebnyak: 'English football is paradise'
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Reading striker Pavel Pogrebnyak is delighted to be playing in the Premier League and hails English football as "paradise".

Reading striker Pavel Pogrebnyak has said that he is delighted to be playing in the Premier League.

The 28-year-old Russia international played for Fulham in the English top flight for the second half of the 2011-12 season and joined Reading in July.

"My dream has always been to play in the Premier League," Pogrebnyak told Sports.ru.

"At the end of the '90s I liked watching English football very much so I wanted to sign in England but I didn't think it would happen so late. But now I'm here and I'm happy about it."

Asked why he liked English football so much, Pogrebnyak explained: "Because of the speed, fights and tough play. As a striker I always liked crosses from the wings.

"When I was sitting in front of the television in Russia I was amazed to see when someone headed the ball after a big jump or started to dribble, it was very fascinating for me to see.

"Scoring a goal like this and then running to the fans - it's like paradise for me."

Pogrebnyak has played for clubs including Spartak Moscow and Stuttgart during his career.

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