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Reading FC International Round-up: October 2017

As the World Cup Qualifiers came to a dramatic finale, Jacob is here to take us through how the Royals players fared for their respective countries.

Wales v Republic of Ireland - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images

Chris Gunter

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.

David Edwards

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.

Anssi Jaakkola

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.

Danny Loader

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.