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Reading FC International Report: June 22nd

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Garath McCleary and Michael Hector ended their Copa America campaign in high spirit as many of our Royals Abroad rounded up their international campaigns of the summer.

McCleary in action for Jamaica back in 2013.
McCleary in action for Jamaica back in 2013.
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Let's cover Jamaica's first-ever exploits at the Copa America, which came to an end on Saturday night in Vina del Mar. In the Group B opener holders Uruguay struggled past the Reggae Boyz that contained both Reading players, the game finishing 1-0. After a somewhat comical single goal loss to Paraguay Jamaica were out; Duwayne Kerr's clearance bouncing right off the opposition attacker and rolling into the net; check it out below.

Cheers for the vine, Dave. Anyway, pressure was off when McCleary and Hector lined up against Lionel Messi's Argentina in the aforementioned fourth city of Chile. The centre-half attempted to cut out the cross to goalscorer Gonzalo Higuain in the first-half, but the Napoli attacker completed a tournament of 1-0 defeats for Jamaica, who finish bottom but having done much more than made up the numbers. Winger McCleary, who played every minute of the tournament posted this photo on instagram of him, Messi and ex-Royal Adrian Mariappa. Highlights of the game are below.

Tonight there is even more big tournament action to be found for Reading fans as Fran Kirby hopes to line up for the Lionesses against Norway in their round of 16 tie. The 21-year-old started the final group game against Colombia but couldn't add to her goal tally. Taking on the Scandinavians in Ottawa at 22:00 GMT, the match is live on BBC3.


Finally, time to account for the games that have occurred since we last checked in on our Royals abroad. After scoring in a win away to the Netherlands, Danny Williams started in a 2-1 win against Germany for the USMNT, being booked in a 45 minute run-out. Oli Norwood came close to winning three vital points for Northern Ireland in a 0-0 draw with Romania, seeing a free-kick tipped over. However, he played 90 minutes and it's a point further to qualification in an increasingly-tight Group F. Wales, meanwhile, moved even closer to Euro 2016 thanks to a 1-0 win over Belgium that saw Hal Robson Kanu and Chris Gunter play a prominent role in big huge points for the Welsh. In fact, they are set to be top seeds in the pots for 2018 World Cup qualification. Reflecting on how big a gap in class Reading's mercurial winger shows for club and country, Will wrote an excellent analysis on Mr. Robson Kanu.

Keep up to date with the latest Reading internationals as and when they happen on our website and Twitter.