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International Report: June 8th

A marvellous night in Amsterdam for Danny Williams kicks off our international report from the first set of summer fixtures for our Royals abroad.

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There's only one place to start, Danny Williams' first goal for the United States Mens National Team - or USMNT as they like to be known - came in a cracking friendly against the Netherlands in the Dutch capital. 1-1 at half-time, Schalke striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar hit three goals, one officially via Memphis Depay, to claim a comfortable 3-1 lead over Jurgen Klinsmann's side. However, after Williams came on at 64 minutes, the final 20 minutes saw three goals from the USA, sealing a memorable win.

Williams' goal, after 88 minutes, levelled the tie as he struck the second ball from a corner into a crowd of players and Luuk De Jong deflected it into the back of the net. It can be found at two and a half minutes into the highlights, below. The Dutch should have won the game straight from kick-off, but after hitting the post America's Bobby Wood netted the stoppage time winner.

Afterwards Williams told ESPN:

"It was an unbelievable game, a great effort from the team. I was lucky that my shot deflected, but I have to complement my team. Everyone gave their all, and it’s a fantastic feeling to win against Holland in Amsterdam."

"I was quite unlucky the last two years with my injuries, and it was tough, but all the hard work I put in thankfully I was rewarded, and yeah, I think it was the best moment of my career.

"At first I thought 3-3 is a great result away from home, and Michael passed it, and Morris found Bobby, and yeah, just a great effort from the team."

Williams take on his nation of birth, Germany, on Wednesday night while Saturday sees ex-Reading defender Alex Pearce in the Republic of Ireland squad for a crunch match with Scotland. The Oxford-born centre back didn't get on the pitch in a drab 0-0 draw with England, but Reading target Paul McShane did. It is understood that Steve Clarke travelled to Dublin to discuss a move with the defender, who has 31 international caps.

In youth team news, Shane Griffin, Sean Long, and Pierce Sweeney all appeared for the Irish under-21 team for a 2-1 defeat to England C. Sweeney came off the bench while Griffin and Long took up positions on either flank of the defence from the off.

Finally, a look towards the internationals coming up this week. Hal Robson-Kanu and Chris Gunter take on Belgium in a massive Euro 2016 qualifier on Friday night, which is live on Sky Sports 5. Furthermore, Fran Kirby will be hoping for a place up front when England women's kick off their World Cup campaign against France on Tuesday. That kicks off at 18:00 and is live on BBC Two. Meanwhile, Garath McCleary and Michael Hector begin their Copa America campaign on Saturday against Uruguay. That match starts at 20:00 GMT and can be seen on Premier Sports.

Keep up to date with all the internationals for regular round-ups on the website, and as they come in on our Twitter account.