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🌏 International Royals | Méïté earns first call-up!

Plenty of Royal representation on international scene

14 November 2018

Six players from the Royals' first team and three from our Academy have been called up for their countries over the November international break!

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Among them will be a first-time international in Yakou Méïté, who will be turning out for the Ivory Coast during the gap in league action.

Someone hoping to make Welsh history, though, is our own Chris Gunter - who could overhaul Neville Southall's all-time appearance record if he plays against both Denmark and Albania over the next week.

Gunter has been capped 63 times while he's been a Reading player, supplementing the 28 appearances he made for his country before joining the club in 2012, putting him on 91 Wales caps to date!

Wales vs Denmark, UEFA Nations League, Friday 16th November, 7.45pm kick-off (All times GMT)
Albania vs Wales, Friendly, Tuesday 20th November, 7pm kick-off

Leandro Bacuna has been in fine goalscoring form for Curacao so far this season, scoring three times in their last two international matches.

He'll have another chance to add to his tally this time around, having already joined up with his international team-mates for the latest CONCACAF Nations League qualifier.

Curacao vs Guadeloupe, CONCACAF Nations League, Monday 19th November, 1am kick-off

As previously mentioned, Yakou Méïté has seen his excellent club form rewarded with a call-up to the Ivory Coast senior squad for the very first time. 

He has represented Les Elephants at U17, U20 and U23 level already - but will hope to be capped as a senior international for the first time as the Ivory Coast continue their qualification campaign for the African Nations Cup.

Guinea vs Ivory Coast, African Nations Cup, Sunday 18th November, 5pm kick-off

Andy Yiadom and Ghana will be hoping to climb up to the top of their African Cup of Nations qualifying group with a positive result over this international break. They currently sit third behind Kenya and their next opponents, Ethiopia.

 
 
 
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Ethiopia vs Ghana, African Nations Cup, Sunday 18th November, 1pm kick-off

David Meyler will be aiming to add to his tally of caps for the Republic of Ireland as they play against their nearest neighbours, before playing their final UEFA Nations League match in their group.

Republic of Ireland vs Northern Ireland, Friendly, Thursday 15th November, 7.45pm
Denmark vs Republic of Ireland, UEFA Nations League, Monday 19th November, 7.45pm

Anssi Jaakkola will also be among the travelling squad for Finland with two vital UEFA Nations League games coming up for his country in Group C2.

Greece vs Finland, UEFA Nations League, Thursday 15th November, 7.45pm
Hungary vs Finland, UEFA Nations League, Sunday 18th November, 7.45pm


From our Academy, both striker Ben House and defender Tom McIntyre have been called up to Scotland's Under-20s for a match over the weekend - with both starring in our Under-23s this season.

House has scored nine times in 12 appearances for our youngsters so far this term, while McIntyre has been a defensive rock at the back as Scott Marshall's side have started the campaign in superb form.

This will be another valuable experience for both players, experiencing matches on the international stage for this match - which will take place in Murcia, Spain.

Scotland U20 vs Turkey U20, Friendly, Saturday 17th November

And last but certainly not least, Danny Loader will be hoping to add to his goal tally for club and country this season with another successful trip away with England's Under-19s.

It will be a busy time for Loader and his fellow Young Lions, with three fixtures in quick succession as they get their U19 European Championship qualification campaign underway by playing each of their group-stage opponents.

England U19 vs Moldova U19, European U19 Championship, Wednesday 14th November
England U19 vs Iceland U19, European U19 Championship, Saturday 17th November
England U19 vs Turkey U19, European U19 Championship, Tuesady 20th November


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