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🌏 Clean sheet for Andrésson; Loader starts for England U20

A round-up of the Royals in international action this week

11 October 2019

The first part of October's international break has seen several of Reading's young stars take to the pitch for their countries, with a busy schedule set to take place for the Royals away with their countries.

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First to take to the turf on Wednesday afternoon was young goalkeeper, Jökull Andrésson, who started between the posts for Iceland's Under-19s in a friendly against Finland.

In a nip-and-tuck encounter that looked as though it was heading for a goalless draw, substitute Vuk Oskar Dimitrijevic popped up with an 89th-minute strike to give the young Icelanders the win on the day, with our Academy prospect keeping a clean sheet.

Andrésson and Iceland U19 will be back in action on Friday afternoon as they take on Sweden in another friendly, kicking off at 4.30pm BST.

Danny Loader was also in action this week, starting and playing 75 minutes as he stepped up to England's Under-20s to take on their Italy counterparts in a U20 Elite League match at Parma's Ennio Tardini Stadium on Thursday.

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Manchester United's Angel Gomes scored a quickfire first-half brace to put the Young Lions ahead on the day, scoring his second a matter of moments after his first.

The Italians fought back, however, as Gianluca Fabrotta of Juventus pulled one back from the spot before the break, and Manolo Portanova squaring the match shortly after half-time to ensure a point each on the day. 

England remain unbeaten in the U20 Elite League, sitting two points off Italy in top spot, and Keith Downing's side will head back to home shores to play the Czech Republic in Peterborough on the evening of Monday 14th October.

Elsewhere, Tom McIntyre was an unused substitute for Scotland's Under-21s as they faced Lithuania on Thursday. The centre-back has been steadily building up senior experience with the Royals this season, and is among the players looking to make an impression at the highest level of youth international football.

McIntyre will be hoping to feature for the young Scots when they face their equivalent from the Czech Republic on Monday afternoon (4pm kick-off BST).

Chris Gunter was also among the substitutes for Wales in midweek, as they look to qualify for Euro 2020. Ryan Giggs' side fought hard for a 1-1 draw against Slovakia on the night, which keeps them in contention in Group E.

Their match against World Cup finalists Croatia on Sunday evening (7.45pm kick-off BST) could go a long way to deciding their destiny in qualifying, with Giggs' men sitting six points off top spot with a game in hand as it stands.

For England's Under-17s, Academy Scholar Coniah Boyce-Clarke was on the bench as the Young Lions fought back to earn a 3-3 draw against Germany on Thursday.

The U17s are playing the Germans again on Saturday, before rounding off their training camp against Spain on Monday.

There are still plenty of other chances for Royals players to make their mark on the international stage, here's what's coming up over the next few days (All kick-off times BST):

Friday 11th October

Jökull Andrésson - Iceland U19 vs Sweden U19 (4.30pm kick-off)
Jeriel Dorsett and Dejan Tetek - Poland U18 vs England U18 (6pm kick-off)
Matt Miazga - USA vs Cuba (Midnight kick-off)
Omar Richards - Slovenia U21 vs England U21 (5pm kick-off)
João Virgínia - Netherlands U21 vs Portugal U21 (5.30pm kick-off)

Saturday 12th October

Coniah Boyce-Clarke - England U17 vs Germany U17
George Pușcaș - Faroe Islands vs Romania (5pm kick-off)

Sunday 13th October

Chris Gunter - Wales vs Croatia (7.45pm kick-off)
Yakou Méïté - Ivory Coast vs DR Congo

Monday 14th October

Coniah Boyce-Clarke - Spain U17 vs England U17
Jeriel Dorsett and Dejan Tetek - England U18 vs Slovakia U18
Danny Loader - England U20 vs Czech Republic U20 (7pm kick-off)
Tom McIntyre - Scotland U21 vs Czech Republic U21 (4pm kick-off)

Tuesday 15th October

George Pușcaș - Romania vs Norway (7.45pm kick-off)

Wednesday 16th October

Matt Miazga - Canada vs USA (12.30am kick-off)
Jeriel Dorsett and Dejan Tetek - England U18 vs Austria U18

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