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Ollie, Garath and Chris in international action

6 June 2016

Royals trio record mixed results over weekend spent on duty

Three of our first team were in international action over the weekend, with Garath McCleary playing a full part in Jamaica's Copa America opener and both Ollie Norwood and Chris Gunter featuring in Euro 2016 warm-up friendlies with their nations.



Midfielder Oliver Norwood played 84 minutes in a goalless draw between Northern Ireland and Slovakia in Trnava, a result which means Michael O'Neill's men will go into Euro 2016 with a record 12-match unbeaten run in tact.

Slovakia, who will meet both England and Wales in France and who beat World Champions Germany only a week ago, could find no way through a miserly Northern Irish defence and Norwood travelled with the squad to their Lyon base yesterday. Ollie's next action will come in their Euro 2016 opener against Poland in Nice.



Garath McCleary's Jamaica began their Copa America with a 1-0 defeat at Soldier Field in Chicago after a red card midway through the first half handed Venezuela an advantage they weren't going to pass up.

The Reading winger played the full ninety minutes alongside former Royals Jobi McAnuff, Michael Hector and Adrian Mariappa - but Rodolph Austin saw red for catching Genoa's Tomas Rincon in the follow through of a 23rd minute ball-wiunning tackle.

Josef Martínez had already handed Venezuela the lead and the reduced numbers of the Reggae Boyz could find no way back into their Group C opener, despite Hector hitting the woodwork. Jamaica will now face a tough task to qualify for the latter stages, as they face Mexico and then Uruguay in their next two group games.



Full back Chris Gunter, meanwhile, suffered a disappointing defeat as Chris Coleman's Wales lost 3-0 to Sweden in Stockholm.

The game was billed as a meeting between superstars Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Gareth Bale, but the two were never on the pitch at the same time as Ibrahimovic was withdrawn on the hour, three minutes before the Real Madrid man was introcued by Chris Coleman.

Gunter played the full ninety mintues, but goals from Emil Forsberg, Mikael Lustig and substitute John Guidetti handed the hosts a comfortable win ahead of the start of the tournament. Gunter and Wales now travel to France for an opening game against Slovakia on 11th June.



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