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Preview: Royals re-take to international stage

9 October 2016

A look ahead to some of Reading's players on international duty in the coming days...

Ahead of the next round of international fixtures, we preview what the next few days has in store for the Royals representing their nations across the globe.

A trio of Reading players will be on World Cup Qualification duty on Sunday, in the third game of the European confederation qualifiers, as they try to take a step closer to Russia 2018. Chris Gunter, Sandro Wieser and Paul McShane will be representing Wales, Liechtenstein and the Republic of Ireland respectively as they all attempt to make strides towards the next major tournament.

Danny Williams will also be in action in the coming days when his USA side face New Zealand on the 11th of October in a friendly on home soil.

Following a fast and furious game in Vienna, Chris Gunter’s Wales will be looking to get back to winning ways on Sunday evening in Cardiff, when they host Georgia in the Welsh capital.

Gunter featured for the Welsh in Thursday’s 2-2 draw with Austria, in a meeting of Group D’s top seeds. Despite taking the lead twice, the Welsh were satisfied with a draw with Austria unbeaten at home in competitive fixtures since 2012.

In contrast Georgia fell to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Paul McShane’s Republic of Ireland in Dublin. The Georgians will be looking to bounce back with some kind of result against the Dragons who will be strong favourites to take all three points in front of a home crowd.

Paul McShane will be hoping to get some minutes for Ireland on Sunday after he was an unused substitute during the victory over Georgia on Thursday. In a close contest it was Seamus Coleman’s strike that separated the teams, deflecting into the opposition net after a good run from deep.

The evening game which kick off at 7.45pm will see the Irish head to Moldova, to try and build on the four points they have amassed from their opening two games of Group D already. A win for both Ireland and Wales would set up a tasty clash between the two nations in November, with the team’s level on points and a potential meeting between club mates McShane, Stephen Quinn and Chris Gunter.

Sandro Wieser’s Liechtenstein face a trip to Israel following a difficult defeat to Group G leaders Albania on Thursday. Lichtenstein are yet to register a point in their group, Israel however do have a win to their name after a 2-1 victory away in Macedonia on Thursday.

Despite a defeat on the opening round of fixtures at home to Italy, historically Israel is a difficult place for away team's to go in qualification, so Liechtenstein will have to be at the top of their game when they head to Jerusalem.

On the other side of the Atlantic, Danny Williams’ USA will be hosting New Zealand at Washington’s RFK Stadium in their second of two friendlies over the international fortnight. The other was a meeting with Cuba in a historical game between the two nations, the first of its kind for nearly 60 years.

Williams and a number of other players in the USA squad will be looking to use the friendly against the Kiwis to stake a claim to be part of Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad in the build up to the 2018 World Cup.

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