The Welsh full back made his 62nd and 63rd consecutive appearance for Wales, but he was unable to stop Wales falling to defeat to a 1-0 defeat to the Republic of Ireland to deny them a play off place for the a trip to Moscow next year.
Gunter now takes his international caps up to 83 and moves within two appearances from Wales legend Gary Speed’s 85 caps. The former Nottingham Forest man’s passion didn’t go unnoticed by Wales fans during the 1-0 away win against Georgia as the image below shows.
Following a national team with a player like Chris Gunter in it is an absolute treat; just look at him. pic.twitter.com/jNNXcCKkUc— Dylan (@Dylann1997) October 6, 2017
The Reading new-boy was an 81st minute substitute in Wales’ 1-0 away win to Georgia, but Edwards didn’t feature against Ireland in the crucial World Cup Qualifier in which Ireland fell to a 1-0 defeat, as they missed out on an all-important play off place in a dramatic final match in Group D.
The goalkeeper was an unused substitute for Finland as they drew both of their qualifiers against Croatia (1-1) and Turkey (2-2). His country finished fifth in Group I, which was ultimately won by Reading team mate Jon Dadi Bodvarsson’s Iceland.
Jon Dadi Bodvarsson
The Icelandic striker played a huge part as Iceland fought off stiff competition in Group I. Bodvarsson set up two Iceland goals in the first half as they stunned Turkey to run out convincing 3-0 winners. He then was substituted on the hour as they beat Kosovo 2-0 to win the group ahead of Croatia and Ukraine and qualify for Moscow 2018.
Thanks to Bodvarsson’s contribution, Iceland will be going to a World Cup for the very first time in their history.
The Reading youngster was an unused substitute in England’s thumping 4-0 win over Chile in the first game of the Under 17’s World Cup. Loader will be looking to get minutes under his belt in the game against Mexico tomorrow and the game against Iraq on Saturday.
More to come
Leandro Bacuna and Axel Andresson both feature tonight with Bacuna representing Curacao in a friendly in Qatar whilst Andresson’s Iceland Under 21’s face Albania in their second match in the European Under 21’s qualification.
Andresson played the full 90 minutes in a 2-0 win against Slovakia at the weekend.