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Nine Royals called up for international duty

Reading presence set to take to global stage in international break

3 September 2019

A clutch of Royals have been called up to represent their countries during the gap in league fixtures this September, here's who got the nod.

Pelé - Guinea-Bissau

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Having slotted in at the base of Reading's midfield from the start this season, Pelé has earned another call-up to the Guinea-Bissau squad this September.

The midfielder, 27, has won nine caps at senior level for his country, having represented Portugal in youth international football.

An international against Sao Tome awaits for Pelé in the international break, before he returns to the Royals.

Guinea-Bissau vs Sao Tome, Wednesday 4th September

George Puscas - Romania

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After getting off to a flying start in a Reading shirt, George Pușcaș will be heading away for a glamour fixture against Spain in Euro 2020 qualifying back in Romania, hoping to add to his four goals in eight senior caps to date.

This will be the meeting of the current top two sides in Group F, as Pușcaș and his teammates try to plot a path to Euro 2020. 

Sweden are hot on Romania's heels in the standings, with Norway and Sunday's visitors, Malta also in close proximity as it stands.

Romania vs Spain, Thursday 5th September, Euro 2020 qualifying, 7.45pm kick-off (BST)
Romania vs Malta, Sunday 8th September, Euro 2020 qualifying, 5pm kick-off (BST)

Omar Richards - England U21

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In what will be his first ever international call-up, Omar Richards has capped a fine start to the season by earning a call-up to England's Under-21 squad for the September internationals.

The Young Lions head to Izmit this week to take on Turkey in their first Euro U21 qualifying match on Friday, before flying back to home shores to face Kosovo at Hull City's KCOM Stadium on Monday.

The 21-year-old has joined up with his international teammates this week, hoping to don the Three Lions for the very first time and help the squad to the Euro U21 Championships in the summer of 2021.

Turkey U21 vs England U21, Friday 6th September, Euro U21 qualifying, 6.45pm kick-off (BST)
England U21 vs Kosovo U21, Monday 9th September, Euro U21 qualifying, 7.45pm kick-off (BST)

João Virgínia - Portugal U21

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Another Royal hoping to play his way to the Euro U21 Championships is João Virgínia. The young Everton loanee has been included in the Selecao squad to take on near neighbours, Gibraltar on Thursday evening.

This will be followed by a trip to Belarus early next week, with Virgínia having made two appearances in the Reading first team so far this season, and hoping to add to his cap tally with Portugal's U21s.

Portugal U21 vs Gibraltar U21, Thursday 5th September, Euro U21 qualifying, 8.45pm kick-off (BST)
Belarus U21 vs Portugal U21, Tuesday 10th September, Euro U21 qualifying, 6pm kick-off (BST)

Danny Loader - England U20

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Danny Loader is heading away with England's Under-20s this September. The striker, who only turned 19 last week, has made 2(+1) senior appearances so far this term, and will link up with Keith Downing's side for two internationals during the break.

Loader gained experience at U20 level towards the back end of last season, playing above his age group to test himself at a higher level.

Two tricky matches await for Loader and England this September, and we will be tracking Danny's progress throughout.

England U20 vs Netherlands U20, Thursday 5th September, 7pm kick-off (BST)
Switzerland U20 vs England U20, Monday 9th September, 6pm kick-off (BST)

Chris Gunter - Wales

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Chris Gunter has once again been called up to the Wales squad for their two Euro 2020 qualifiers in September. The defender is now Wales' record appearance maker, and could add to his tally with two home games to be played over the coming week.

Wales vs Azerbaijan, Friday 6th September, Euro 2020 qualifying, 7.45pm kick-off (BST)
Wales vs Belarus, Monday 9th September, Euro 2020 qualifying, 7.45pm kick-off (BST)


From our Academy, Jökull Andrésson has been called up to an Iceland U19 training camp over September, to gain valuable experience of being in an international environment.

The young Reading 'keeper travelled on pre-season tour with the Royals, and this trip away with Iceland will be another landmark in his early career.

Elsewhere from our youth ranks, first-year Scholars, Coniah Boyce-Clarke and Imari Samuels have received the call to represent England U17 in the upcoming Syrenka Cup. 

The mini-tournament will see the Young Lions go up against Finland in the tournament's opener, with the winners taking on the winners between Austria and Romania, before a final fixture against one of Poland, Georgia, Norway or Switzerland - result depending.

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


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