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Senior International Report: Royals Push Towards Euro 2016

There could be a number of Reading players at a major tournament for the first time since 2010 after this week's matches saw some excellent results for the Royals abroad.

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That last man to make it to a World or European tournament was Adam Federici at the South Africa World Cup, and his recall to the Soceroos was a good sign that he's still in coach Ange Postecoglou's thoughts after missing their Asia Cup triumph in January. The Reading keeper sat out a solid 2-2 draw with Germany before playing a goal-less 61 minutes against Macedonia on Monday. Catch the highlights below.

After Garath McCleary's starting role in Jamaica's 2-1 friendly win over Venezuela on Saturday, the winger sat out Tuesday's 3-0 defeat of Cuba. The Reggae Boyz begin their Copa America campaign in the summer, with McCleary hoping to be involved as they take on Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay - entering the tournament on a run of five straight wins.

One player you may not have put up for a spot at Euro 2016 at the start of qualifiers is Oliver Norwood. The central midfielder played 70 minutes of a 1-0 friendly loss to Scotland before getting the full 90 in a 2-1 victory over Finland in Qualification Group F. They sit four points clear in the automatic qualification spot, playing third-placed Hungary and Faroe Islands in September.

Down south, Hope Akpan continued his Nigerian national team career with the full 90 in a 1-0 loss to Uganda and then the first-half of a 1-1 draw with South Africa. It's been a difficult year or so for the Super Eagles, with both games seeing late goals conceded - the Uganda game is available below - after what was a decent World Cup in Brazil.

Danny Williams also was on international duty, playing all of USA's 1-1 draw with Switzerland after being on the bench for a 3-2 loss in Denmark. Despite a late equaliser, Williams was commended for a decent return, his first appearance since March 2014, although not all fans were delighted with his selection...

Meanwhile, new signing Kwesi Appiah got 80 minutes in Ghana's 2-1 loss to Senegal on Saturday before being a second-half substitute in the Black Star's 1-1 draw with Mali. The 24-year-old now has six caps for Avram Grant's side, scoring one goal.

We covered it last week, but it's worth ending on a terrific result for Chris Gunter and Hal Robson-Kanu, both of which started Wales' 3-0 win over Israel. After Belgium won both their qualifiers, Chris Coleman's side sit second, level on points with the Belgians ahead of travelling to Cyprus on September 3rd in their next qualifier.


Honestly, there's just as many if not more youth internationals on Reading's books these days - so it's time to give them their own article. Expect that in the coming 24 hours.