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Internationals | Royals aiming to secure World Cup qualification this weekend

First teamers and youngsters set for action for their countries...

5 October 2017

Take a look at the Royals who are in action for their countries over the international break this weekend...

Chris Gunter and Dave Edwards - Wales


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Both our Royals in action for Wales won personal accolades earlier in the week, with Chris Gunter taking home the FA Wales Player of the Year award, ending Gareth Bale's run as winner! Dave Edwards also won the Media Choice award on the night, but both will agree that the important matters start in Tbilisi on Friday night.

Gunter and Edwards are in contention to face Georgia away from home, with Wales currently sat in second place in their group and two final matches to secure their place at a World Cup for the first time for 60 years.

On Monday night, it looks to be a winner-takes-all straight fight over 90 minutes as third-placed Republic of Ireland descend on Cardiff with both sides gunning for a play-off place in World Cup qualifying.

Georgia vs Wales, Friday 6th October, Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi, 5pm kick-off
Wales vs Republic of Ireland, Monday 9th October, Cardiff City Stadium, 7.45pm kick-off


Jón Daði Böðvarsson - Iceland
Royals' striker Jón Daði Böðvarsson will be part of the Iceland squad that is within touching distance of qualifying for the World Cup for the first time in the country's history. The competition is stern, however, with the top four teams in Group I separated by just two points going into the final round of qualifying fixtures.

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Group I will almost certainly go down to the wire, with Iceland hoping to put daylight between themselves in second place and Turkey in third on Friday night, before the all-important final match against Kosovo on Monday night.

Croatia, Turkey and Ukraine are all in contention for qualification in Group I, with the dramatic conclusion to qualifying coming this weekend, we wish Jón and Iceland all the best heading into these games!

Turkey vs Iceland, Friday 6th October, Yeni Eskişehir Stadyumu, 7.45pm kick-off
Iceland vs Kosovo, Monday 9th October, Laugardalsvöllur, 7.45pm kick-off


Leandro Bacuna - Curaçao

Leandro Bacuna will be making the trip to Qatar to play the 2022 World Cup hosts in a friendly early next week, before rejoining his team-mates at Hogwood.

Bacuna won the Caribbean Cup with his country over summer, and hopes to continue his good form with his national team.

Qatar vs Curaçao, Tuesday 10th October, Jassam Bin Hamad Stadium, 5pm kick-off


Anssi Jaakkola - Finland

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While Finland's hopes of qualifying for the World Cup are over on this occasion, goalkeeper Anssi Jaakkola is with his national side as they hope to end their campaign on a high.

Having won their last two matches, the Jaakkola and his national team-mates will be playing for pride, and could even lend Reading team-mate Böðvarsson and Iceland a hand in their qualification, with main qualifying rivals Turkey and Croatia the opponents this weekend.

Croatia vs Finland, Friday 6th October, Stadion Gradski, 7.45pm kick-off
Finland vs Turkey, Monday 9th October, Veritas Stadion, 7.45pm kick-off


Axel Andresson - Iceland U21

Royals' defender Axel Andresson once again makes the squad for Iceland's Under-21 side, as they continue their qualifying campaign for the UEFA Euro U21 Championship.

Two more matches await Andresson and his team-mates, following a narrow 3-2 defeat against Albania last month, something which they will be able to avenge against the same opposition on Tuesday night.

Slovakia U21 vs Iceland U21, Thursday 5th October, 4.20pm kick-off
Albania U21 vs Iceland U21, Tuesday 10th October, 6pm kick-off 



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Danny Loader - England U17
Young Royals' striker Danny Loader is currently in India with England U17s, as they are set to start the U17 World Cup!

Loader has already made his debut at U18 level, but drops back to his appropriate age group as England field their strongest possible squad for the tournament in India.

The group stages get underway on Sunday, with England's youngsters primed for another run at silverware after the exploits of the Under-20s over summer.

England U17 vs Chile U17, Sunday 8th October
England U17 vs Mexico U17, Wednesday 11th October
England U17 vs Iraq U17, Saturday 14th October

Jordan Holsgrove - Scotland U19

Midfielder Jordan Holsgrove played 90 minutes on Wednesday night for Scotland U19s, on the end of a narrow 1-0 defeat against their French counterparts in Livingston.

Holsgrove and his team-mates will be facing France in a rematch on Saturday, as part of their International Challenge series.

Scotland U19 vs France U19, Saturday 7th October, 12noon kick-off

The Royals get back to league action away at Leeds United on Saturday 14th October, you can purchase your tickets for the match at Elland Road by clicking the link below.

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