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Reading FC International Roundup: September 2015

While club football may have been on hold it's been all systems go around the world as Reading's players take part in international action. Here's our roundup of how they've got on.

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Chris Gunter

The Welsh right back played the full 90 minutes in both of the qualifiers against Cyprus and Israel. They picked up 4 crucial points in the week with a Gareth Bale goal being the difference away to Cyprus but they were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw against Israel. It is still in their hands though as they look to pick up a point against Belgium or Andorra which they should do to qualify for Euro 2016.

Hal Robson-Kanu

The Reading winger played 68 minutes against Cyprus for Wales and featured for 79 minutes against Israel with him being substituted for ex Royal, Simon Church. It was Church that had a last minute goal dissalowed correctly for offside after being through from a Gareth Bale flick on. BBC Sport said that Hal was looking lively up front in the early stages of the first half. So Wales will have to wait a little bit longer for the point they require for a ticket to France.

Stephen Quinn

Quinn didn't feature as much as he would have liked to as he came on in the 70th minute in the 4-0 win against Gibraltar and was an unused substitute in the crucial 1-0 win against Georgia which sees Ireland two points behind Poland with two games to play with Germany and Poland the difference between Ireland and a place in Euro 2016.

Paul McShane

The Reading skipper was ruled out of the two qualifiers against Gibraltar and Georgia with a back and hip injury that he will be looking to shake off in time for the game against Ipswich this Friday.

Danny Williams

The USA international was a 72nd minute substitute in their 2-1 win over Peru in a friendly. He then came on in the 36th minute to replace the injured Alejandro Bedoya and capped a solid performance with a fantastic strike from 30 yards which flew into the top corner. Sadly it was only a consolation goal though as Brazil ran out convincing 4-1 winners.

Oliver Norwood

Norwood was a crucial part of the Northern Ireland team that still have it in their own hands as they top the group with games against bottom side Greece and Finland in which they only need two points in games which are definitely winnable. They beat Faroe Islands 3-1 with Norwood assisting the opening goal from a corner with Garath McAuley finishing the move. He also tested the Faroe Islands goalkeeper with a powerful free kick that was well saved. Norwood played 75 minutes against Hungary with him being subbed for a striker as Northern Ireland trailed 1-0 and it worked as Kyle Lafferty scored a dramatic last minute equaliser from close range.

Ali Al-Habsi

His Oman team remain unbeaten in their World Cup Qualifying campaign with a 2-1 win over Turkmenistan, but were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw against Guam.

Michael Hector

The new Reading loanee played the full 90 minutes for Jamaica, but he was unable to secure a win as they slipped to a shock 3-2 defeat to Nicaragua in World Cup Qualifying with Hector unfortunately giving the ball away on the half way line which led to Nicaragua's third goal. He played the full 90 minutes in the second leg of the game against Nicaragua where they overturned the 3-2 deficit by winning 2-0 to progress to the next stage of World Cup Qualifying.

Paulo Hurtardo

The Reading FC new boy was also a substitute against Danny William's USA which the Americans won 2-1 thanks to a brace from Jozy Altidore. He was also part of the Peru side who drew with Columbia 1-1 after Jeffery Farfan scored a last minute penalty to give Peru something to build on.

Aaron Kuhl

The youngster who is now on loan at Dundee United didn't feature against Czech Republic Under 20's for England Under 20's as they beat them 5-0 during the week but slipped to a surprise 1-0 defeat to the Czech's on Monday where again he was an unused substitute.

Shane Griffin

The Under 21's left back started for Ireland in their friendly against Qatar Under 23's which Ireland won convincingly 4-1. Griffin played the full 90 minutes in the win. He was also an unused substitute against Andorra in a Euro Qualifier which Ireland won comfortably 2-0.

Sean Long

He also played the full 90 minutes in a comfortable 4-1 win against Qatar under 23's. Long came off the bench in the 87th minute against Andorra to see out what was a comfortable 2-0 win against Andorra which sees Ireland maintain their 100% record in the European qualifiers.

So that concludes the international round up, now all focus is on to Friday's game against Ipswich where we will hopefully see some of the new faces making their first starts for the club.