Three Reading FC stars will be vying for a place at this years FIFA World Cup after their national teams qualfied for the prestigious competition.

Six Royals were called up to their full national side for the latest round of international fixtures, including goalkeeper Luke Southwood making his debut with Northern Ireland and star striker Lucas Joao making his debut for Angola.

However it is Andy Yiadom and Junior Hoilett who will be coming back to Bearwood with the biggest smiles on their faces having booked their places in the 2022 Qatar World Cup.

Canadian Hoilett scored on Sunday as the Maple Leafs beat Jamaica 4-0 in Toronto to book their place in their first World Cup finals since 1986.

Another Reading connection was on the scoresheet in North America, unfortunately not as positive.

Former Royal defender, Adrian Mariappa, scored an own-goal in Canada to put the win beyond doubt for the 2026 co-hosts.

Watford legend Mariappa played 33 times for Reading from 2012-14.

Fan favourite Andy Yiadom also played a key role in his sides entry to the World Cup, as Ghana scraped past Nigeria to progress.

The right-back entered the action at half-time as the Black Stars drew 1-1 with the Super Eagles to go through on away goals.

Reading left-back Baba Rahman was also hope to be involved in the World Cup squad, having missed the latest round of international fixtures with an injury.