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Jem wins call-up!

13 October 2012

Delighted Karacan drafted into Turkish national squad

Royals midfielder Jem Karacan has earned an international call-up from Turkey and will link up with Abdullah Avci's squad this week.

The 23-year-old, whose father was born in Turkey, has worked his way through the ranks at Reading since the age of 14 and has previously played for his country's youth teams as well as the national under-21 side.

Last season he made 37 appearances, coming second in the supporters' official 'Player of the Season' vote after helping Brian McDermott's men clinch promotion to the Barclays Premier League.

And after recovering from a broken ankle suffered towards the end of that title-winning campaign, Jem has already begun to make his mark on top flight football, making his Premier League debut at Chelsea at the end of August.

Turkey suffered a slender 1-0 defeat to Romania in Istanbul on Friday night and Jem will join up with the Turkish squad for an important World Cup qualifying clash against Hungary in Budapest on Tuesday night.

Turkey currently lie in fourth place in Group D, ahead of Andorra and Estonia but behind Hungary, Romania and the Netherlands.

Jem will join the likes of Atletico Madrid's Emre Belozoglu and Liverpool's Nuri Sahin in the squad.

Upon hearing news of his call-up on Saturday, @JemKaracan4 tweeted 'Couldn't be more buzzing right now!". Congratulations Jem and good luck!

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