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Reading FC Internationals Drawn Into Copa America Centenario

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The draw for the 2016 edition of the Copa America has been made, putting Reading stars Garath McCleary and Danny Williams in different groups for their respective nations.

I know what you're thinking: "we've only just had a Copa America!" And this is correct, in fact the likes of McCleary and Michael Hector played in two international tournaments for the Reggae Boyz last summer and now face another this June. That is because this year represents 100 years since the series' inception and will combine both North and South America.

If selected, midfielder Williams' tournament begins in the opening game on June 3 against Colombia before matches with Costa Rica in Chicago and Paraguay on June 11.

Indeed, hosting the Copa America on North American soil for the first time will see Jamaica enjoy a match in Santa Clara, home of the recent Superbowl, when they finish their group against Uruguay. Before that, they kick off against Venezuela on June 5 and play Group C opponents Mexico at the Pasadena Rose Bowl.

Royals fans will remember a number of injuries picked up by McCleary during last summer's adventure to the Gold Cup final, where Chelsea-loanee Hector made a series of errors to cap an otherwise excellent tournament.

Finishing in New Jersey on June 25, it will be interesting to see if any Reading players make it as far as the final and even if they can guarantee a call-up to their national sides.