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Preview: Royals on international duty this week...

31 August 2016

A number of Reading players are on international duty this week, here's a look at who they'll be facing...

Ahead of this week’s international break we preview the Royals on duty for their countries over the coming days.

Paul McShane and Stephen Quinn are both in action for Ireland, with right-back Chris Gunter representing Wales, Garath McCleary travelling to Jamaica and Sandro Wieser on duty for Lichtenstein.

Reading pair Deniss Rakels and Yakou Meite have been ruled out of international action with injury for Latvia and Ivory Coast respectively.

Vs Oman 7.45pm, Weds 31st August, Aviva Stadium
Vs Serbia 7.45pm, Mon 5th September, Crvena Zvezda Stadium 

Reading duo Stephen Quinn and Paul McShane have both been called up to Martin O’Neill’s Ireland squad as they embark on World Cup qualification away in Serbia on Monday 5th September.
But first the Irish will face Oman in a friendly at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Wednesday evening. The fixture will be Robbie Keane’s final game for his country, with a big send-off planned for Ireland’s record goal-scorer and appearance maker.

Paul McShane will be hoping to be back in action for his country after narrowly missed out on the final squad selection for Ireland at Euro 2016, with Quinn featuring for the Greens in France in the 1-0 win over Italy that saw the Irish progress from the group phase to the Round of 16.

Vs Moldova 7.45pm, Monday 5th September, Cardiff City Stadium

Reading’s Chris Gunter will be in action for Wales next Monday as Wales turn their attention to World Cup qualification after reaching the last four at Euro 2016.

Moldova are set to be the first hurdle in the way of Chris Coleman’s Dragons on the road to Russia 2018. Monday’s opposition shouldn’t present too difficult a challenge to Wales - they finished bottom of their European Championship qualification group with merely two points from ten games, behind the likes of Liechtenstein and Montenegro.

Gunter started every game for Wales during qualification for the Euros and continued that feat by playing every minute for his country in France, with the full-back expected to feature in the 7.45pm kick-off against Moldova. 

Vs Panama 2.30am, Saturday 3rd September, Estadio Rommel Fernández Gutiérre
Vs Haiti 2.30am, Wednesday 7th September, Independence Park

Garath McCleary has travelled out to Jamaica as the Reggae Boyz look to take a step closer to World Cup qualification with fixtures against Panama and Haiti in the coming days.

Jamaica currently sit third in the group of four in round four of the qualification process. With the top two team progressing to the next stage of qualifying, McCleary and his teammates will be looking for some positive results in the coming week, especially away in Panama who currently sit three points above them in the group. When the two sides met in Kingston last November, it was Panama that took the spoils in a 2-0 win.
The following Wednesday will see Jamaica host Haiti at the Independence stadium, and having earned a 1-0 victory over Haiti in November they will be looking to take all three-points from the return fixture.

Vs Denmark 7pm Wednesday 31st August 2016, CASA Arena Horsens
Vs Spain 7.45pm Monday 5th September, Estadio Municipal Reino de León

New Royals signing Sandro Wieser is travelling out to Denmark for his native Liechtenstein, for a friendly on Wednesday evening in Horsens before they start their World Cup qualifying campaign in difficult fashion away in Spain.

Liechtenstein finished 5th in their Euro 2016 qualification group, with five points to their name, earning four points against Moldova. That included a 1-0 win away from home and a 1-1 draw at home in a game that saw Wieser get on the scoresheet, firing Liechtenstein into the lead before they were pegged back by the visitors.

They also earned an impressive point at home to Montenegro in what turned out to be their third best tournament qualification in the country’s history, with the nation hoping for more of the same in 2018 World Cup qualification process.
Elsewhere we’ve got youth internationals in action, with 20-year-old defender Dominic Hyam called up to the Scotland Under-21s squad to face Macedonia at Tynecastle on Thursday, before a trip to Kiev on Tuesday 6th September to face Ukraine.

Josh Barrett has been called up for Republic of Ireland Under-19s duty and will be in the squad to face Austria, with two fixtures in Ireland on the 4th and 6th September.

Defender Axel Andresson has been given a place in the Iceland Under-19s squad and will be playing back-to- back fixtures against Wales on September the 4th and 6th in Wales.

Young Reading stopper Luke Southwood has also joined the England Under-20s squad with their two matches against Brazil to be played at St George's Park and Kidderminster Harriers on the 1st and 4th September respectively. John Swift has been called up to the England Under-21s for their home fixture against Norway in a European Championship qualifier in Colchester on 6th September.

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