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Reading FC quartet Stephen Quinn, Chris Gunter, Hal Robson-Kanu and Oliver Norwood are heading off to Euro 2016

Norwood Gunter and Quinn
Clockwise, from left: Oliver Norwood, Chris Gunter and Stephen Quinn (Pictures: Vivienne Johnson)

READING FC will be well represented at Euro 2016, with no fewer than four players competing at the tournament.

Stephen Quinn became the latest player to get the nod after the 30-year-old was named in the final 23-man Republic of Ireland squad which was announced on Monday night.

The Boys in Green kick off their Group E campaign against Sweden at the Stade de France on Monday, June 13.

Team-mate and Royals captain, Paul McShane, though, did not make the cut and has instead been placed on standby.

Earlier on the same day, meanwhile, it was also confirmed both Chris Gunter and Hal Robson-Kanu have made the Wales squad for the tournament.

The pair played significant roles in helping the country qualify for a major tournament for the first time since 1958 and have been duly rewarded with places in the touring party.

Wales have been drawn in Group B and will make their bow against Slovakia in Bordeaux on Saturday, June 11, before the eagerly-awaited clash with England five days later.

Robson-Kanu may well have played his last game for Reading, however.

The forward will be out of contract at the end of the month and has turned down fresh terms to extend his stay, meaning he is free to leave, with club’s from the Premier League said to be interested.

Hal Robson Kanu
Hal Robson-Kanu has made the Wales squad for the tournament – but looks set to leave Reading this summer on a free transfer (Picture: Vivienne Johnson)

Oliver Norwood makes up the club’s quartet of stars representing their homeland in France.

The midfielder was the first Royal to have his involvement at the competition sealed, with Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill trimming down his squad last week.

They have been pooled in Group C alongside World Cup winners Germany, Ukraine and Poland, with their first game taking place against the latter in Nice on June 12.

Matej Vydra, however, will not be taking part in the finals.

The forward, who spent last season on loan at Madejski Stadium from Premier League side Watford, had been named in the Czech Republic’s provisional squad.

Vydra, though, has since been omitted from the team, which was also announced on Monday.

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