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Countries come calling for international Royals

4 October 2016

Gunter, McShane, Wieser and Williams in action...

Four first team stars will hope to play a part in upcoming internationals with their countries over the next ten days, three remaining in Europe while another crosses the Atlantic!

Euro 2016 semi-finalist Chris Gunter is sure to be involved in Chris Coleman's Welsh side, who travel to Austria for a World Cup 2018 Qualifying clash against Marcel Koller's side on Thursday night.

Both teams won their Group D openers, Wales beating Moldova in Cardiff, Austria securing a 201 win in Tblisi against Georgia - a side Gunter's Wales take on back in the Cardiff City Stadium on Sunday 9th October, kick-oiff 5pm.

The Republic of Ireland called up both Paul McShane and Stephen Quinn to their squad for this international break, but Quinn has been forced to withdraw through injury so the Royals will be represented by their skipper when the Irish host Georgia themselves on Thursday night in Dublin.

Then, McShane will hope to play some part in an away fixture against Moldova at the weekend, the qualifier in Chisinau kicking off at 7.45pm on Sunday night. Ireland picked up a point in Serbia in their opening Group D encounter last month, courtesy of goals from Jeff Hendrick and Daryl Murphy in Belgrade.

The qualifiers don't get much easier for Liechtenstein and midfielder Sandro Wieser. A seven-goal second half display from Spain condemned the minnows to an 8-0 defeat in the Estadio Municipal Reino de Leon back in September, and on Thursday Wieser should start in a home fixture against Euro 2016 qualifiers Albania in Group G.

Then, Wieser will travel to Jerusalem to take on Elisha Levy's Israel at the weekend - their hosts having lost their opener at home to Italy in September.

Further afield, midfielder Danny Williams has been named on Jurgen Klinsmann's USA roster for friendlies against Cuba in Havana on Friday 7th October and then New Zealand back in the States at the RFK Stadium in Washington DC next week.

Meanwhile, John Swift is one of six Reading players who could be playing a part on international duty at youth level in the coming week – the Royals midfielder has been called up to the England Under-21 squad their Under-21 European Championship qualifiers.

We'll make sure we keep you up to date with all the news from our first team stars on their travels over the next couple of weeks...good luck to all the Royals representing their countries!

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