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Royals in youth international action

7 October 2016

Six Royals received the call up for youth international duty, here's how they've got on over the past week...

Six Royals were on duty for their nations at youth level over the last week, with Reading midfielder John Swift an unused substitute for the England U21’s in Kazakhstan in a 1-0 victory for the young Lions, as they secured qualification for Euro 2017.

As well as Swift, there are five other Reading youngsters who have travelled to represent their countries, with duo Zak Jules and Jake Sheppard receiving the call up for the Scotland U21s for the remaining two fixtures of their Euro 2017 qualification campaign.

Scotland were mathematically unable to qualify for the tournament before the week began, but Jules played the full 90 minutes for his country in a 2-0 defeat against Iceland, who went top of the group with the win.

In difficult conditions Aaron Thrandarson opened the scoring on 47 minutes with Elias Omarsson doubling the Icelanders lead as they moved above France and Macedonia in the qualifying table.

With one game left to play, Scotland can still have a deciding say on who will qualify for the tournament when they face Macedonia in the final fixture. Macedonia are level on 18 points with Iceland at the summit of the group , with France a point off the pace going into the deciding last round of fixtures.



Elsewhere Luke Southwood was also in action for England at youth level, playing the full 90 minutes for the U20’s in the opening game of their four-nation tournament, which takes place over the space of six days.

Southwood kept a clean-sheet for the Young Lions in a 2-0 win over the Dutch in the opening game of the tournament in Oldham at the SportsDirect.com Park.

Patrick Roberts broke the deadlock after just six minutes, as a flowing move saw the ball move through the Young Lions side before the forward slotted past Joel Drommell.

Adam Armstrong doubled the advantage on the 13-minute mark to put the Young Lions well in control and the visitors were unable to get back into the game. England will meet Germany in Huddersfield on Friday evening, who also won their opening game of the tournament, with a 1-0 victory over the USA.
  
Reading’s Josh Barrett also tasted victory whilst on national duty in qualification for the U19 Euros this summer, with Republic of Ireland U19’s getting the better of their opponents Albania, beating their hosts 1-0 thanks to a first half penalty.

Barrett’s Ireland were dominant despite only winning by a single goal, with 11 attempts on goal during the match in comparison to just three from the Albanians. Barrett, who was handed a starting place, went agonisingly close to netting for his country when his powerful strike struck the opposition crossbar early in the second half.

Good win today👍🏼✅ now onto the game vs Gibraltar Saturday⚽️🇮🇪#COYBIGpic.twitter.com/1jqn5qfdXk

— josh barrett (@10Joshbarrett) October 6, 2016

The Royals man also forced smart saves from the Albanian keeper Gentian Selmani on two occasions, with the home side holding on to keep the score at 1-0.

Ireland will play two more round-robin fixtures against Gibraltar and Germany in Albania in the coming days, with the top two sides in the group of four progressing to the next stage of qualification.

Also at U19 level, Axel Andresson represented his native Iceland in Euro qualification, travelling out to Ukraine for their round-robin group of fixtures. In the opening game Iceland were defeated 2-0 by their Ukrainian hosts, putting a high importance on Iceland’s remaining two fixtures – a clash with Turkey on Saturday followed by the final match of the group with Latvia on Tuesday.


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