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Hector Makes International Choice

Defender Michael Hector has been earning plenty of praise and attention this season, now he's set to test himself on the international stage, but for who?

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It seems that the 22-year-old centre back has opted to represent his parent's homeland of Jamaica, rather than wait for a call-up to the England side.

Hector will join Reading team-mate Garath McCleary in the Reggae Boyz setup, as well as former Royals Jobi McAnuff and Shaun Cummings.

That means that the defender could represent the country at this summer's Copa America in Chile as well as the Gold Cup in the USA and Canada a few weeks later.

Back-to-back tournaments after a busy year probably isn't ideal from a Reading perspective, not just in terms of fitness but also for the fact that Hector will be showing off his skills on a world stage and in front of plenty of scouts. The centre-back's contract expires next summer so this gives the club even more of a reason to sit down and thrash out an extention.

However on a personal level it will be great for Hector to get experience playing against some of the World's best and he deserves recognition for a rapid rise through the ranks that has seen him go from Barnet in League Two, to keeping Arsenal's forwards largely at bay for 120 minutes.

So congratulations to 'Big Hec' and at least we'll have some Reading related football to watch this summer!