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Reading FC International Round Up: Gunter Love

Jacob is back with all of the international news where it was a week of mixed fortunes for Reading's international stars.

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Chris Gunter

The Welshman became the fifth most capped player ever for his country, moving above Ian Rush in the appearances list to 74, as his side thrashed Moldova 4-0 to move top of the group after the first round of games.

Gunter played the full 90 minutes as goals from Joe Allen, Sam Vokes and a Gareth Bale brace eased the Welsh to a comfortable win. Judging by the reaction on twitter last night, the highlight from the game was the fact that Gunter now has his own chant to the tune of Ghost-busters proved hugely popular.  Wales' next qualifier is against Austria which will be one of the most testing opponents they will face in their qualifying campaign.

Stephen Quinn and Paul McShane

The Irish duo were part of their national team that earned a well-earned point away to Serbia. McShane didn't feature at all, but Quinn was a 70th minute substitute as they pushed in search of an equaliser. He wasn't the most popular of substitutions with Ireland 2-1 down, but the tweets below suggest he made quite an impact.

The Boys in Green were rewarded for their pressure as Newcastle striker Daryl Murphy headed home to take a point back to Ireland. They will face Georgia at home in their next game in October, a game in which they will be expected to take all three points.

Quinn also played 65 minutes of the 4-0 win over Oman last week, which was Robbie Keane's last international football match.

Sandro Wieser

The Reading new boy was part of a Liechtenstein team who had the momentous task of trying to get something from their game away to Spain. It was a task which they couldn't fulfil as they were thrashed 8-0 with Diego Costa, Alvaro Morata and David Silva all scoring twice. Sergio Roberto and Vitolo also were on the scoresheet. Wieser had a quiet game, in which as expected he was chasing the ball the majority of the time against a Spain team who we all know like to keep the ball.

But the leaky Liechtenstein defence held their own for the first 45 minutes with it only 1-0 to the hosts at the break. However, the difference in quality soon told as Spain scored four times in 11 second half minutes on their way to the convincing win.  Liechtenstein will look to bounce back with a win against Albania in their next qualifier in October.

John Swift

The midfielder who has made a terrific start to life in Reading was rewarded with a call up to Gareth Southgate's England Under 21 squad. However, Swift was forced to withdraw from the squad to the injury that kept him out of the starting XI in the 1-0 over Cardiff a week ago. It remains to be seen whether he will be fit enough in time for Reading's game against Ipswich in front of the Sky Sports camera's on Friday.

Garath McCleary

The Jamaican winger who has looked at times back to his very best this season in a Reading shirt faces Haiti in the early hours of Wednesday morning where they will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Panama on Saturday evening.

McCleary played 70 minutes during that game but was fairly quiet. He did set Giles Barnes up for a good chance but the striker's effort was too weak to trouble the Panama goalkeeper. The result saw the Jamaicans eliminated from World Cup 2018 qualifying at the semi final stage as Costa Rica and Panama progressed to the final stage of the qualification process.