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Duo help earn Belgium draw

16 October 2013

International round-up

Royals duo Chris Gunter and Hal Robson-Kanu helped Wales to an impressive 1-1 draw away at Group A winners Belgium.

Gunter became the youngest player to reach 50 appearances for his country after he played the full 90, while Robson-Kanu put in a solid shift as Wales denied a Belgium side that included the likes of Moussa Dembele, Romelu Lukaka and Eden Hazard.

Elsewhere, Jamaica drew 2-2 with Honduras with Jobi McAnuff playing the full 90 minutes. Shaun Cummings was an unused substitute while Garath McCleary missed out with injury.

Kaspars Gorkss' Latvia side came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Slovakia, while Chris Baird also got a full game under his belt in Northern Ireland's 1-1 draw at Israel. In Dublin, Stephen Kelly was an unused substitute as the Republic of Ireland beat Kazakhstan 3-1.

Youngster Jake Cooper was an unused sub during England U19s' Euro 2014 qualifier with Switzerland on Tuesday afternoon, just days after playing 68 minutes for the Three Lions in their 7-0 win over Andorra. The Young Lions have now secured their place in the Elite Round after topping their group. 

Republic of Ireland U17s duo Sean Long and Liam Kelly were also involved on Tuesday - in a 1-1 draw with Bosnia - meaning the Irish have also qualified for the next round. 

Young goalkeeper Jon Henly gained good experience with Scotland's under-21s, travelling with the squad for qualifiers against Slovakia and Georgia. Our Academy's Sammi Fridjonsson has been with Iceland U19s in a UEFA Mini Tournament in Belgium and young Bogdan Vastsuk is involved in Estonia U19s' mini tournament.

Our Academy's Sammi Fridjonsson has been with Iceland U19s in their qualifying group in Belgium, and helped his country qualify to the Elite Round. He made a substitute appearances in a 2-2 draw with France, played the first half in their defeat with Belgium and then came off the bench to help Iceland to a 1-0 win over Northern Ireland. Fellow Academy man Bogdan Vastsuk was also in action - he scored a penalty for Estonia U19s in a 2-2 draw with Malta, but his country lost their next two games.

Our international Royals have now made their way back to England, ahead of this Saturday's Sky Bet Championship fixture at home to Doncaster Rovers.

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