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Gunter set for Amsterdam clash

27 May 2014

Chris called into Coleman's squad

Royals defender Chris Gunter has this week been added to Chris Coleman's Wales squad for their June friendly against Holland in Amsterdam.

The right-back, who came second in our supporters' Player of the Season vote last season, had not been included in the Welsh squad due to injury, but the 24-year-old is now fit to link up with the squad, which also includes Hal Robson-Kanu, ahead of the friendly on 4th June.

Over the Bank Holiday weekend, Jordan Obita was an unused substitute with England's under-21s in their second game of the Toulon Tournament - a 2-1 defeat to Brazil on Monday night.

Defenders Alex Pearce and Stephen Kelly were also not involved, watching from the bench as the Republic of Ireland lost by the same scoreline to Turkey in a friendly at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday. They will hope to be involved in games against Italy, Costa Rica and Portugal over the next couple of weeks. 

Young defenders Pierce Sweeney and Shane Griffin both played a part in Ireland U21s' 1-1 draw with Qatar in Germany on Saturday, Sweeney playing the first half of the friendly while Griffin managed the full ninety minutes.

In the U19s age group of the Emerald Isle, duo Liam Kelly and Sean Long are on duty for a UEFA Elite Phase Tournament. The pair will begin the UEFA U19 Championships Elite Qualifying Round Group Four campaign with a clash against Sammi Fridjonsson's Iceland at 7pm on Wednesday. 

Our goalkeeper Jonathan Henly has been away with Scotland U21s at a training camp, ahead of their UEFA qualifier with the Netherlands on Wednesday 28th May. 

Elsewhere in our Academy, trio Harry Cardwell, Dominic Hyam and George McLennan all featured on Scotland's narrow 2-1 defeat to England in their Group 1 game of the Elite Round of the UEFA U19 Championship. The youngsters will now hope to be involved in their final match against Montenegro on Thursday 29th at Walsall. 

Previously, 16-year-old duo Jake Sheppard and Zak Jules, both second year scholars next season, were part of Scotland U17s impressive run to the semi-finals of the UEFA U17 Championships - read more here.

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