clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Reading FC International Roundup 29th March

New, comments

Ali Al-Habsi impresses, Jake Cooper makes a step up, while Chris Gunter racks up the minutes for Wales - Here's the our first International roundup of the week.

Michael Steele/Getty Images

Ali Al-Habsi (Oman)

The Oman international kept up his impressive form with a hard fought clean sheet in a  1-0 win over Guam. The result leaves Oman 3 points off Iran who are in top spot in a qualification group that only 1st place will progress to the next stage of qualification stages.

Chris Gunter (Wales)

The Welsh right back played the full 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw against Northern Ireland where ex- royal Simon Church scored the all important equaliser in the 89th minute. He again played the full 90 minutes against Ukraine where they fell to a 1-0 defeat.

Oli Norwood  (Northern Ireland)

Having not been involved as much as he would like in recent games for Reading, Norwood played  90 minutes in both games against Wales and Slovenia where they drew in Wales and beat Slovenia 1-0 in Belfast.

Stephen Quinn (Republic of Ireland)

The midfielder played 62 minutes in an impressive 1-0 win over Switzerland in Dublin before being replaced by James McCarthy. They play against Slovakia tonight in their final friendly of this international break.

Paul McShane (Republic of Ireland)

The Reading captain didn't feature in the win over Switzerland but will be looking for game time against Slovakia tomorrow where he will see it as crucial in his push for a place on the plane to France this summer.

Matej Vydra (Czech Republic)

The Czech was a 65th minute substitute for Czech Republic against Scotland on Thursday where they fell to a 1-0 defeat courtesy of a goal from Watford midfielder Ikechi Anya. He will hope to feature against Sweden tonight.

Jake Cooper (England U20)

The young centre back who received a call up to the England Under 20's squad, played the full 90 minutes in a 2-1 defeat to Canada. This experience will hopefully be valuable to Cooper's development and he will look to force his way into the squad again and maybe the Under 21's in the future.

Michael Hector (Jamaica)

The Chelsea loanee played the full 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw with Costa Rica. The two teams face off again on Wednesday morning where they will be looking for a vital win in their World Cup Qualifying campaign.

Garath McCleary (Jamaica)

The winger wasn't involved in the draw with Costa Rica but will be pushing for a start in the return fixture on Wednesday. McCleary not featuring that might be a positive point for Reading fans as he seems to always pick up a little injury whilst on international duty!

That's it for part one of this week's international round-ups, I'll be back later this week to keep tabs on how the second-half of the international break went.