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Reading FC International Round-up: September 2017

With the international break finished, Jacob is here to take us through how the Royals fared with their countries. 

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

Chris Gunter took his international caps to 81 with clean sheets against Austria and Moldova. Gunter and his team mates took a valuable six points from the two games with a 1-0 win against Austria and a hard fought 2-0 win away to Moldova, in which former Royals winger Hal Robson-Kanu was the hero as he netted the first goal for the Welsh. Wales have now moved above Ireland in Group D with their final two games against Georgia and Ireland, but they will struggle to catch leaders Serbia who are already four points clear.

David Edwards is one of the Reading new boys after signing from Wolves. He didn't feature for Wales in their 2-0 win over Moldova but he played the full 90 minutes in the impressive 1-0 win over Austria. Edwards will be looking to nail down a spot in the Reading side, with a considerable amount of competition for the central midfield spot.

Adrian Popa and his Romania side left it late as they narrowly beat Armenia 1-0 in Bucharest. Popa was a 68th minute substitute as his side took the lead in the 91st minute through Alexandru Maxim. Romania can't qualify but they face Kazakhstan and Denmark in their final two matches of qualification.

Romania v Albania - Group A: UEFA Euro 2016 Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson was an inspired substitute as he got an assist for former Royal Gylfi Sigurdsson to double Iceland's lead over Ukraine. The game finished 2-0 as Iceland kept up the pressure on Croatia, and are now level on points with the league leaders with games against Turkey and Kosovo to decide their fate.

Axel Andresson scored again for the Iceland Under 21's side but they started their qualification campaign with a 3-2 defeat to Albania. Andresson will be hoping to put pressure on Jaap Stam and force his way into the first team in the near future.

Anssi Jaakkola was an unused substitute for Finland's two qualifying games as they beat both Iceland and Kosovo 1-0.