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Young Royals in international action

16 October 2015

How our youngsters did on the international stage

It wasn't just the first teamers representing their country over the international break.  Some of our Academy and Development Squad youngsters were also in action for their nations.  We take a look at how they got on.

Reading duo Sean Long and Shane Griffin were both called up to the Republic of Ireland Under-21 squad for their 2017 U21 European Championship qualifiers. They first faced Lithuania in Waterford, running out comfortable 3-0 winners with Long playing the full 90 minutes and Griffin coming on as a 79th minute substitute. The Irish then faced a difficult trip to Italy where they were narrowly beaten 1-0 by the Azzurri; they currently sit third place in qualification Group 2.

19-year-old Dominic Hyam received a call up from the Scottish Under-21 team and was part of the squad that lost 2-1 at home to France in their U21 Euro Championship qualifier, but was an unused substitute.

The defender then played the full 90 minutes three days later when the Scots hosted Iceland in what turned out to be a 0-0 stalemate at Pittodrie, Hyam an integral part of the Scots' clean sheet in Aberdeen.

Another Reading player on duty for Scotland was youngster Zak Jules who featured in a Scotland Under-19 squad that took part in a round robin tournament in Germany.  The Scots started with an impressive 3-1 win against Mexico before drawing 2-2 with USA and finally holding the hosts Germany by the same scoreline in Reutlingen.

The Royals also had two youngsters out on international duty for Iceland at Under-19 level. Both Axel Andresson and Sindri Scheving were called up to face Northern Ireland; the pair featured in a double header against the Ulstermen on home turf, with Iceland winning the first fixture 2-0 before being defeated 1-0 in their second meeting two days later. 

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