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Reading FC Stars Called Up For International Season

A number of Reading players have been called up for internationals in the off-season, including a new Jamaica star for the 2015 Copa America.

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Where else to start but with Michael Hector and Garath McCleary's call-up to the Jamaica squad for the Copa America - which will take place in Chile. The Reggae Boyz join Mexico as the two CONCACAF qualifiers alongside the 10 South American teams, with the tournament kicking off on June 11th. Our players are joined by ex-Royals Shaun Cummings and Jobi McAnuff in the 30-man preliminary squad that will be cut to 23 before their June 13th opener against Uruguay in Antofagasta. Then, Paraguay and Argentina await on the 16th and 20th, respectively. We'll keep you up to date when you can watch the boys in action, with Premier Sports TV awarded the TV rights.

Oliver Norwood is, as per usual, in the Northern Ireland squad for a friendly with Qatar that will take place at Crewe's Gresty Road on May 31st. Following that, a crucial Group F qualifier with Romania will take place on June 13th in Belfast. A win will send Norwood's side top of the group, as they begin the game with a four-point cushion over third-placed Hungary.

There were also provisional call-ups for Alex Pearce and Simon Cox in the 33-man Republic of Ireland squad for two games in Dublin. On June 7th, England will travel across the Irish Sea for a friendly before a crucial Euro 2016 qualifier with Scotland at the Aviva Stadium on the 11th; Martin O'Neill's side sit fourth and defeat will likely cut them five-points adrift of a third place play-off spot.

Finally, recent-Reading loanee Nathaniel Chalobah is in the England Under-21 side that will travel to Czech Republic for the European Championships. Italy, Portgual and Sweden are the fellow Group B sides ahead of June 18th's kick-off with the each game live on BT Sport. The squad, below, also contains former Reading player Benik Afobe.

We'll update you with the latest call-up announcements as they happen. In the mean-time which of these Reading internationals are you most looking forward to seeing? Comment below.