The Royals squad to face Gillingham in the first round of the Carabao Cup has a strong Academy link - no less than 10 players are from our youth system.
That includes first starts in the senior side for Sam Smith, Andy Rinomhota and Omar Richards - the latter of which debuted from the bench against Queens Park Rangers at the weekend.
Chris Gunter captains the side against the Gills, while 16-year-old Danny Loader is amongst the subs. The average age of the starting XI is 22 years, 10 months and 12 days.
Reading: Jaakkola, Gunter (c), Richards, Moore, Evans, Kelly, Rinomhota, Barrett, Clement, Smith, Mendes.
Subs: Legg, Barrow, Quinn, Andresson, East, Frost, Loader.