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More minutes for Royals internationals

Reading players in action around the globe

20 November 2018

A number of Royals have been in action at senior and youth levels for their countries since the weekend – so we’re rounding up how they’ve been getting on…

Since Chris Gunter became the joint-record-cap holder for Wales on Friday evening, only one other Reading player has made an appearance for their country’s senior side – Leandro Bacuna played his part in Curacao’s 6-0 drubbing of Guadeloupe on Monday.

The Royals midfielder played 82 minutes for the island nation as they made it three wins from three in the CONCACAF Nations League Qualifying – and they currently sit top of the 34-team group!  Gevaro Nepomuceno, Elson Hooi and Rangelo Janga each grabbed two goals for Curacao in Willemstad.

With a 10-0 win at home against Grenada, a 5-0 away victory at US Virgin Islands and this most recent 6-0 triumph against Guadeloupe, their +21 goal difference puts them ahead of the other five nations with perfect records.  A draw in Antigua and Barbuda in March would guarantee a place in Group A of the Nations League and qualification for the 2019 Gold Cup in the USA.

At youth level, Tom McIntyre and Ben House saw action for Scotland’s Under-20s on Saturday as they met Turkey in a friendly international fixture, taking place in Murcia in the south-east of Spain.

All was going well for the Scots, who had kept the game goalless until the 87th minute, only for Ahmet Canbaz to strike – and then Enes Kiprit wrapped up a 2-0 win in stoppage time.  Ryan Porteous was dismissed for Scot Gemmill’s side.

And for England’s Under-19s, Danny Loader has featured twice in the space of four days as the Young Lions secured their passage to the Elite Round of qualifying for the 2019 UEFA European Under-19 Championships.

Following his goal in a 4-0 drubbing of Moldova last week, Loader came off the bench in the 78th minute on Saturday to help sew up a 3-1 win over Iceland – Steven Sessegnon and two for Stephen Walker grabbing the goals.

And then on Tuesday he played the first half against Turkey – England ultimately lost 1-0 to the group’s hosts in Managvat, but Loader and his compatriots are through to the next round of qualifiers.  The draw for the Elite Round takes place on 6th December, with the games taking place in the March international break.

In the UEFA Nations League, Anssi Jaakkola and David Meyler were both unused subs as Finland were defeated 2-0 by Hungary and Ireland held Denmark to a 0-0 draw.  And in Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, Yakou Meite (Ivory Coast) and Andy Yiadom (Ghana) were named as subs in a 1-1 draw with Guinea and a 2-0 win over Ethiopia respectively.

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