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12 Royals called up for international duty

Reading players set to play for their country this October

8 October 2019

Several Royals have received the call up to represent their nation ahead of the upcoming international break, with the first set of games set to be played in the coming days. See who’s been given the nod for their countries below…

George Pușcaș | Romania


Romania find themselves third in Group F of their Euro 2020 qualifying bid ahead of fixtures against the Faroe Islands and Norway, with Lars Lagerbäck’s men sitting one point behind them after six games.

Pușcaș has played a big role in all six of those games for his nation, scoring four goals, and will look to add to that tally if he lines up to face the Faroe Islands on Saturday 5th October.

The game against Norway will then take place the following Tuesday 12th October, and a win for Romania could see them push past Sweden into second place ahead of their face off in mid-November.

Romania v Faroe Islands, Saturday 12th October, Euro 2020 qualifying, 5pm kick-off (BST)
Romania v Norway, Tuesday 15th October, Euro 2020 qualifying, 7.45pm kick-off (BST)

Matt Miazga | USA

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The United States will kick-start their CONCACAF Nations League campaign this weekend, and Royals centre-back Miazga is set to be involved with the squad as Cuba will be the first team to take on the Gold Cup finalists in Group A.

Canada currently sit in first place with six points, having played Cuba twice already in games last September. With the United States set to take on the front runners in Orlando next Tuesday 15th October, the position at the summit could change hands come the end of the international break.

For Miazga, he could earn caps number 18 and 19 for his country if he features in both games this coming fortnight.

United States v Cuba, Friday 11th October, CONCAF Nations League, 0:00am kick-off (BST)
United States v Canada, Tuesday 15th October, CONCAF Nations League 0:30am kick-off (BST)

Danny Loader | England U20

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Keith Downing’s England U20 side travel to Italy on Thursday 10th October for a game against the Azzurrini in Parma, before hosting the Czech Republic in Peterborough the following Monday.

These games follow on from a draw against the Netherlands and a win against Switzerland last month, as Danny loader and his Young Lions teammates kicked-off the new season in winning fasion.

Two tricky matches lay ahead for Loader and England this October, and we will be keeping up with Danny’s progress throughout.

England U20 v Italy, Thursday 10th October, 12noon kick-off (BST)
England U20 v Czech Republic, Monday 14th October, 7pm kick-off (BST)

Tom McIntyre | Scotland U21

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Tom McIntyre faces a trip away with Scotland’s U21 as they face the Czech Republic at the Mestsky Fotbalovy Stadion on Monday 14th September, but not before they host a Lithuania side on home soil this Thursday 10th September.

They head into those games on the back of two victories in their opening two group games, with Royals Academy graduate Tom McIntyre the only addition to the squad ahead of the match at Tynecastle.

The Scots currently sit in second place in Group 4, level on points with leaders Greece. Their opponents on Monday, Czech Republic, sit close on their tails in third, but also have a game in-hand.   

Scotland U21 v Lithuania U21, U21-European qualifiers, 4pm kick-off (BST)
Scotland U21 v Czech Republic U21, U21-European qualifiers, 4pm kick-off (BST)

Yakou Méïté | Ivory Coast

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Yakou Méïté's Ivory Coast will face DR Congo in an international friendly on Sunday 13th October at the Stade de la Licorne in Amiens, France.

For Yakou, it’s a chance to add to his international record, having previously made his debut for Les Éléphants against Liberia last March.

Ivory Coast v DR Congo, International Friendly, Sunday 13th October, 6pm kick-off (BST)

Joao Virgínia | Portugal U21


Virgínia will travel away with Portugal U21’s as they face a Netherlands side on Friday 11th October in the third match of their U21 European Qualifier campaign.

The Portuguese sit top of Group 7 having won both of their opening two games against Belarus and Gibraltar, and will begin this international break with a game against second place Netherlands in Doetinchem.

Portugal U21 v Netherlands U21, U21 European Qualifiers, 5.30pm kick-off (BST)

Chris Gunter | Wales


Chris Gunter’s Wales have two matches lined-up this international break, with the first coming against Slovakia on Thursday 10th October.

They will then travel back to Cardiff to host Croatia on Sunday 13th October, both games part of their Euro 2020 Qualification bid in Group E.

Wales v Slovakia, Thursday 10th October, Euro 2020 qualifiers, 7.45pm kick-off (BST)
Wales v Croatia, Sunday 13th October, Euro 2020 qualifiers, 7.45pm kick-off (BST)

From our Academy, Jökull Andrésson has been called up to represent Iceland U19 in games against Finland and Sweden on the 9th and 11th of October.

Jordan Holsgrove has also earned a call up for Scotland U21s and will travel with the squad alongside Tom McIntyre, having impressed abroad while on loan with CD Atlético.

From our Under-18s, Dejan Tetek and Jeriel Dorsett have both earned places within the England U18 squad as they face a mini tour of central Europe with games lined-up against Poland, Slovakia and Austria.

Coniah Boyce-Clarke has also been given the nod to represent England U17s as they face a trio of games starting with a double-header against Germany, before lining up against Spain two days later.  

We wish the very best of luck to every Reading player who received a call-up for their country this October.

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