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10 October 2014

Royals in action for their countries

A number of Royals stars are set to be involved with their respective nations this weekend. Check below for a full round up.


Hope Akpan - Nigeria
Royals midfielder Hope Akpan is enjoying his first call up to the Super Eagles for a pair of vital African Cup Qualifiers with Sudan. Nigeria play away from home on 11th October, with the return fixture four days later in Abuja. He joins English based players Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough), John Mikel Obi (Chelsea), Sone Aluko (Hull City) and Victor Moses (Stoke City) in the squad. Their qualifying campaign has suffered a tough start, with a defeat by Congo and a draw with South Africa leaving them languishing in third place in Group A. Read more from Hope here.

Chris Gunter, Jake Taylor & Hal Robson-Kanu - Wales
The Royals trio face Bosnia-Herzegovina on Friday night, before another qualifier on Monday evening against Cyprus. Chris Coleman's men will look to take full advantage of both games being played at the Cardiff City Stadium. The game is live on Sky Sports 5 HD from 19:00.

Alex Pearce - Ireland
Alex Pearce will look to build upon his fledgling international career as Martin O'Neill's side take on minnows Gibraltar at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, with a 5pm kick off. Live on Sky Sports 3 HD (16:45)

Oliver Norwood - Northern Ireland
Reading's Player of the Month for October is set to win his 19th international cap as Northern Ireland take on the Faroe Islands at Windsor Park on Saturday. Live on Sky Sports 5 HD (19:15).

Adam Federici - Australia
Hard work and impressive form have earned the Royals number one a recall to the Socceroos squad after a two year absence. He will clock up plenty of air miles - as Australia take on the UAE in Abu Dhabi on Friday.

Rob Dickie - England U19s
Last year's Academy stalwart and current Royals U21s defender Rob Dickie has earned a call up to the England U19s squad for a trio of UEFA qualifiers with Belarus (10/10/14), Luxembourg (12/10/14) and Belgium (15/10/14). Dickie has previously been capped by the Three Lions at U18 level.

Pierce Sweeney, Sean Long, Shane Griffin - Republic of Ireland U21s
Three of the Royals' young professionals played a part for the Republic of Ireland's under-21 side last night, but they couldn't prevent their country losing 4-1 in a friendly in Norway. Sweeney played the first half, Griffin was given an hour, while Long l asted for the full ninety minutes in Drammen. The trio will be back to bolster the Royals ranks in training this weekend.

Harry Cardwell - Scotland U19s
Young striker Harry Cardwell played for Scotland's under-19s against Lithuania yesterday but the Scots were held to a goalless draw in Alytus. Following a 2-2 draw with Finland earlier in the week, Scotland now need at least a draw against Norway in their final group match on Sunday to guarantee progression to the elite round next year.

Sammi Fridjonsson, Sindri Scheving - Iceland U19s
Midfielder Sammi Fridjonsson skippered Iceland yesterday but couldn't help his side falling to a 4-1 defeat to Croatia. The Royals pair will look to be involved in Iceland's final fixture against Estonia on Sunday.

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