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Reading FC Defender Paul McShane Axed From Republic of Ireland Squad

Bad news for the Reading skipper, who's today seen his place his place in Ireland's Euro 2016 squad taken away.

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Some international Reading-related news for you today, with centre half Paul McShane being cut out of the Republic of Ireland's squad for Euro 2016. After Martin O'Neill named his initial squad, four players have now been removed, including McShane, Jonny Hayes and Alex Pearce - the last two having graduated from Reading's academy.

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Elsewhere, the likes of Stephen Quinn and ex-Royals Shane Long and Kevin Doyle are all in the running to be named in the finalised version of the squad.

However, news emerging today of an injury to Stoke City's Marc Wilson could spell good news for Paul McShane. With Wilson being ruled out, McShane - who is still on standby - could be the man to replace him.

What does this mean for Reading?

Should McShane not end up going to France, this is arguably very good news from a Reading point of view. One of our key players won't be taking part in a high-intensity tournament that brings with it risk of an injury.

And, had he gone to France and impressed on the pitch, there's every chance that other clubs could have seen those displays and put in a bid for him. As such, this is essentially a win-win for us.