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7 Royals get the call up

11 November 2015

Royals called up for the final time in 2015

The upcoming international break will see seven players on duty for their respective countries, for the last international break of 2015.

All times listed are Greenwich Mean Time – here’s a look at the results we’re looking out for over the long international weekend…

Bosnia and Herzegovina vs Republic of Ireland, Friday 13th November, 7:45pm
Republic of Ireland vs Bosnia and Herzegovina, Monday 16th November, 7:45pm

Reading captain Paul McShane has been called up to the Republic of Ireland squad for their crunch play-off ties with Bosnia & Herzegovina. The defender could be in contention to feature in Friday’s trip to Zenica, which was the setting for teammates Chris Gunter and Hal Robson-Kanu to celebrate their qualification with Wales despite falling to a 2-0 defeat last month.  Ireland themselves were denied automatic qualification to Euro 2016 when they were beaten 2-1 in Poland, and with Captain John O’Shea set to miss the game through suspension, Bosnia will present a tough task.

The home side boast a talented squad with the likes of Eden Dzeko, Asmir Begovic, Miralem Pjanic all likely to feature. The return leg will be held in Dublin on 16th November, with the winner decided by an aggregate scoreline over both legs.

Jamaica vs Panama, Saturday 14th November 02:00am
Haiti vs Jamaica, Wednesday 18th November 12:00am

Royals duo Garath McCleary and Michael Hector have both received call ups for Jamaica, and have traveled to join the squad ahead of their World Cup qualification fixtures.  The first of two games will be held on Saturday in Kingston against Panama with kick off at 2am English time.  After proceeding through the third round of qualification with a narrow 4-3 two-leg aggregate win over Nicaragua (the winner coming in the 89th minute), the Reggae Boyz now start the next phase of qualification for Russia 2018. This will come in the form of a group format consisting of four teams in each, with the Jamaicans competing against Costa Rica and Haiti as well as Panama in Group B - the nations are vying for a top two spot in order to progress.

Following the home fixture against Panama, Jamaica will travel to Haiti for their second group game on 18th November.  The Haitians qualified for the fourth round group phase emphatically, beating Grenada 6-1 over two legs.

Northern Ireland vs Latvia, Friday 13th November, 7:45pm

Having qualified for European Championships for the first time in its 56-year history, Northern Ireland will face Latvia in a friendly on Friday at Windsor Park.  Reading playmaker Oliver Norwood has been called up to the squad having played a pivotal role throughout the Ulstermen’s Euro 2016 qualification. 

Latvia themselves endured a tough qualification process, not winning a single game in Group A and only picking up five points along the way.  Their stand-out results from the group were draws away in Iceland and Turkey, but this was not enough to stop the Latvians finish bottom of the group.

Oman vs New Zealand, Thursday 12th November, 2pm
Turkmenistan vs Oman, Tuesday 17th November, 1pm

Reading goalkeeper and Omani captain Ali Al-Habsi will be part of the Oman squad to face New Zealand for a friendly in Muscat. New Zealand should pose Oman a tough test, with the Kiwis calling up Leeds forward Chris Wood to their squad for the fixture. Oman are going well in their World Cup qualification campaign, currently sitting top of their third round group.

The next fixture in their bid to reach the fourth round will be on 17th November when they make the trip to Turkmenistan.  In their last round of World Cup qualifiers, Oman drew 1-1 with Iran before beating India 3-0 at home and are in a strong position to progress.

Peru vs Paraguay, Saturday 14th November 02:00am
Brazil vs Peru, Wednesday 18th November 12:00am

The Peruvians face a tough couple of fixtures in the coming week in their Word Cup 2016 qualification campaign. Royals winger Paolo Hurtado has received a call up to the national squad and on Saturday is in contention to face Paraguay in Lima. Peru have struggled in recent months losing three of their last four international fixtures, the last of which was a thrilling 4-3 home defeat to Chile being edged out at home to the Copa America champions. The Peruvians are yet to put a point on the board in the World Cup qualification table after two games and sit in 8th position.

Following the home fixture to Paraguay, Peru face a difficult journey to Brazil to try and get their first win over the Selecao since 1985. This fixture will take place on 18th November.


Wales vs Netherlands, Friday 13th November, 7:45pm

After a highly successful qualification campaign for Euro 2016, Wales will be looking to continue their impressive form. Royals right-back Chris Gunter, who was a mainstay in the Welsh side that gained qualification for the Euros, has again received a call up for the forthcoming friendly fixture against the Netherlands in Cardiff.

The Dutch failed to qualify for the European Championships despite boasting a star-studded squad. The Welsh will be looking to use the fixture as practice for France 2016, wanting to test themselves against some of the best European sides - which the Netherlands certainly are, despite not qualifying for the Euros.

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