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Reading FC International Roundup June 28th

There's still some Royals past and present going strong at Euro 2016...

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It's been over two week's since our last international round-up, and in that time a lot has happened at Euro 2016 involving those who have spent time at Reading in their careers.

First up, it's the story of the competition so far, Wales. Chris Coleman's side topped group B after defeating Russia 3-0 in their final group game before beating Northern Ireland 1-0 in the Round of 16. Chris Gunter has played every single minute so far as a wing-back, helping his side keep clean sheets in their last two fixtures. After scoring the winning goal off the bench against Slovakia, out of contract Hal Robson-Kanu earned himself a start against England, but failed to have a similar impact. As a result, he was demoted back to the bench against both Russia and Northern Ireland, not featuring against the former and coming on in the 55th minute against the latter. The only game time that academy graduate Simon Church has got in France so far was the final eight minutes against Russia.

On the losing side of that all-British Round of 16 tie was Oliver Norwood, who's Northern Ireland team still exceeded expectations in their first major tournament since 1986. The midfielder didn't miss a minute of their journey, and set up Garath McAuley's goal in the 2-0 win over Ukraine in Matchday Two. It was their only win at the tournament as Michael O'Neill's team finished third in Group C, qualifying for the knockout stage as one of the best third place teams. Former Royal Chris Baird started Northern Ireland's opening fixture against Poland, but was an unused substitute for their remaining games.

The final current Reading player at Euro 2016, Stephen Quinn, spent most of the tournament on the bench with the Republic of Ireland, who were knocked out 2-1 by France on Sunday. The midfielder did come on as a substitute in the 90th minute in the historic 1-0 win over Italy though, which meant Ireland qualified for the knockout stage as one of the best third place teams. In a very Royal substitution, Quinn replaced Shane Long, who started all four of his nation's games. He didn't manage to hit the back of the net, but did win the penalty very early on against France in the Round of 16 which Robbie Brady tucked away to make the boys in green dream.

Finally, two former Royals faced off last night as England lost to Iceland 2-1. Well, ex-loanee Ryan Bertrand spent the match on the bench as he has most of the tournament, except his 90 odd minutes in the final group game against Slovakia. Gylfi Sigurdsson meanwhile played in all of Iceland's group games before the win over the Three Lions. He scored a penalty against Hungary as his country ended up second in Group F.

So now we've reached the quarter-finals. The Welsh boys will face Belgium on Friday night, whilst Sigurdsson's Iceland play France on Sunday. That was painful to write.