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International Roundup: Royals Prepare For Euro 2016 And Copa America

The summer break can wait for a number of present and former Reading players, as they're involved in action all across the world this summer.

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First, let's kick off with the big one... Euro 2016!

Stephen Quinn, Shane Long - Republic of Ireland

One current Royal and one ex-Reading representative from the Emerald Isle at the upcoming European Championships. Quinn notched his 14th cap in the 1-1 friendly draw with the Netherlands last week, whilst Long grabbed his 16th international goal in the same match.

Fixtures // Monday 13th June, 5pm - Sweden // Saturday 18th June, 2pm - Belgium // Wednesday 22nd June, 8pm - Italy

Oliver Norwood, Chris Baird - Northern Ireland

Again it's one past and one present Royal taking to the field for Michael O'Neill's side this summer, with Norwood and Baird both declared in the final 23-man squad. The pair have got one more chance to convince O'Neill they should start in France, as Norn Iron take on Slovakia in their final warm-up on 4th June before their tournament gets underway.

Fixtures // Sunday 12th June, 5pm - Poland // Thursday 16th June, 5pm - Ukraine // Tuesday 21st June, 5pm - Germany

Chris Gunter, Hal Robson-Kanu, Simon Church - Wales

The trio might not be able to count on Reading fans cheering for them in France this summer, as they will be coming up against England in Group B! Of course, there's no players who were permanently at the Madejski representing the Three Lions, but former loanee Ryan Bertrand will be hoping to cap his splendid season at Southampton with beating out Danny Rose for the left-back spot. One more friendly for Wales, against Sweden on the 5th June, before the tournament starts with their first game against Slovakia; for England it's a home tie against Portugal at Wembley on the 2nd before heading off to France.

Fixtures // Saturday 11th June, 5pm - Slovakia // Thursday 16th June, 2pm - England // Monday 20th June, 8pm - Russia

Gylfi Sigurdsson - Iceland

For the first time ever, "Our Boys" have qualified for a major international tournament - and I'm sure all Reading fans will be cheering on our old boy Gylfi in France. Two warm-up games left, against Norway on 1st June and Liechtenstein on 6th June, before the real action gets underway.

Fixtures // Tuesday 14th June, 8pm - Portugal // Saturday 18th June, 5pm - Hungary // Wednesday 22nd June, 5pm - Austria

Who isn't going to France?

Unfortunately for a number of players, the strict 23-man squad size means they missed out on a chance to represent their country this summer, so the likes of Matej Vydra (Czech Republic), Paul McShane, Jonny Hayes and Alex Pearce (all Republic of Ireland) will be waiting by the phone in case of an emergency call up before the tournament begins.

Copa America Centenario

Another player to miss out on international football this summer is Danny Williams, who was cut from the USA squad for the Copa America Centenario. He'll be especially disappointed, with the 100th anniversary edition taking place all across the United States - the first time ever that it's been held outside South America. But we do have some representation...

Garath McCleary, Michael Hector, Adrian Mariappa, Jobi McAnuff - Jamaica

The Reggae Boyz qualified for the Copa America by virtue of their 2014 Caribbean Cup victory over Trinidad and Tobago, and they showed the world they won't just be there to make up the numbers when they beat 2015 Copa champions Chile 2-1 in their warm-up game on Saturday, with McCleary getting the assist for Clayton Donaldson's goal. Jamaica picked up a trophy for their victory as Caribbean champions over the South American champions - and GMac's photo coincidentally involved all four current and former Reading representatives!

(Picture courtesy Garath McCleary/5mag)

The winger is keeping a Copa diary which you can check out on 5mag.

Fixtures // Sunday 5th June, 10pm - Venezuela // Friday 10th June, 3am - Mexico // Tuesday 14th June, 3am - Uruguay

And finally, whilst it might not be the biggest international tournament out there, one former Royal is playing for Baltic bragging rights this summer...

Kaspars Gorkss - Latvia

Yup, the Baltic Cup is back in 2016, and Latvia are looking for a third straight title. Sadly Deniss Rakels missed out on the final squad but Gorkss, still going strong at 34, is aiming to maintain the Sarkanbaltsarkanie's dominance of the Baltic region. Lithuania beat Estonia 2-0 in the first match of the three-way series - Latvia will take on the pair in the next four days.

Fixtures // Wednesday 1st June, 5.30pm - Lithuania // Saturday 4th June, 5pm - Estonia

So that's your round-up... who are you backing for glory this summer?