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Gunter starts for Wales; Loader starts in England rout

Defender moves closer to all-time caps record

12 October 2018

Chris Gunter won his 90th cap for Wales on Thursday night, as his countrymen took on Spain in front of 50,000 fans at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

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This means that the Royals defender has moved to within two appearance of the all-time record for his country, currently held by Neville Southall.

It was a tough night on the pitch for Ryan Giggs' side, though, with Spain on dominant form in the first half in Cardiff. A Paco Alcacer brace was supplemented by a goal from Sergio Ramos as the visitors went in 3-0 ahead at the break.

Wales were more resolute in the second period, though, but defender Marc Bartra broke the resistance with 15 minutes remaining, before Sam Vokes got Wales on the board with an 89th-minute consolation.

Gunter and Wales will be taking on David Meyler and the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday night, before returning to the Royals to resume league action.

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Elsewhere, Danny Loader started once again for England U19s as they completed a comfortable 4-1 victory over their Portugal counterparts on Thursday.

After a goalless first half, the Young Lions moved up a gear and dispatched their visitors with goals from Arsenal's Emile Smith-Rowe, Manchester City's Felix Nmecha and Chelsea's Marc Guehi - with Loader providing the assist for Guehi's strike, before rounding off the win with a goal from Ian Poveda-Ocampo.

Loader and England are back in action on Tuesday against Macedonia, before the young striker comes back to Hogwood for training.

Axel Andrésson, currently on loan with Viking Stavanger in Norway, started for Iceland's U21s as they came away empty-handed in a narrow 1-0 defeat by Northern Ireland.

In a nip-and-tuck affair in Reykjavik, it looked as though the match would peter out into a draw before Daniel Ballard struck with just one minute left on the clock to hand Iceland defeat on the day.

Andrija Novakovich was also in action in the early hours of Friday morning, winning his third senior cap for the United States as he came off the bench to play Colombia - with the Colombians coming away with a 4-2 win in the States.

Keep an eye out for the rest of our Royals in international action over the weekend, if you want to see who's involved with their countries over the break, click here.

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