• Dillon Meehan

Everything you need to know: Manchester City Internationals – June 2022

For once, an upcoming slate of international games are not interrupting Manchester City’s form. However, this time they are preventing players from their well-deserved rest after a gruelling title defence. Here’s a roundup of all of the Blues’ status this go around:

 

Argentina: Julian Alvarez


Fresh off scoring six goals in the Copa Libertadores in the early hours of Thursday morning, the 22-year-old is hoping to feature in Argentina’s upcoming game. Argentina will face Italy in the 2022 Finalissima, a revived match featuring the winners of the Copa America and European Championship winners.


Fixture Details:


June 1 | Italy vs Argentina | 19:45 BST

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Belgium: Kevin De Bruyne


After finishing the season in the best form of his career, Kevin De Bruyne is expected to feature heavily in a slew of Nations League games for the Belgian Red Devils.


Fixture Details:


June 3 | Belgium vs Netherlands | 19:45 BST


June 8 | Belgium vs Poland | 19:45 BST


June 11 | Wales vs Belgium | 19:45 BST


June 14 | Poland vs Belgium | 19:45 BST

 

Brazil: Ederson and Gabriel Jesus


After rekindling his goal scoring form at the tail end of the season, Gabriel Jesus has been recalled by Tite and Brazil, with Ederson also selected.


Fixture Details:


June 2 | South Korea vs Brazil | 12:00 BST


June 6 | Japan vs Brazil | 11:20 BST

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England: John Stones, Kyle Walker, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, & Raheem Sterling


Gareth Southgate has once again called up a battalion of City players for their upcoming Nations League fixtures. Kyle Walker returns to international duty after missing out in the spring.


Fixture Details:


June 4 | Hungary vs England | 17:00 BST


June 7 | Germany vs England | 19:45 BST


June 11 | England vs Italy | 19:45 BST


June 14 | England vs Hungary | 19:45 BST

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Germany: Ilkay Gundogan


After securing his status as a hero for City this past week, Ilkay Gundogan will look to continue his good form with the German national team for their upcoming Nations League matches.


Fixture Details:


June 4 | Italy vs Germany | 19:45 BST


June 7 | Germany vs England | 19:45 BST


June 11 | Hungary vs Germany | 19:45 BST


June 14 | Germany vs Italy | 19:45 BST

 

Netherlands: Nathan Ake


After seamlessly stepping in for the injured John Stones and Ruben Dias, Nathan Ake will be representing his home country for some difficult games in the Nations League group stage.


Fixture Details:


June 3 | Belgium vs Netherlands | 19:45 BST


June 8 | Wales vs Netherlands | 19:45 BST


June 11 | Netherlands vs Poland | 19:45 BST


June 14 | Netherlands vs Wales | 19:45 BST

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Norway: Erling Haaland


While he is yet to be officially unveiled as a City player when this story is published, the Premier League champions’ latest recruit has a tough road ahead in the Nations League group stage.


Fixture Details:


June 2 | Serbia vs Norway | 19:45 BST


June 5 | Sweden vs Norway | 19:45 BST


June 9 | Norway vs Slovenia | 19:45 BST


June 12 | Norway vs Sweden | 17:00 BST

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Portugal: Joao Cancelo and Bernardo Silva


After narrowly securing their spot in this year’s World Cup, Joao Cancelo and Bernardo Silva are once again expected to play a lot of minutes for their home country as they take on club teammate, Rodri in their first game of the Nations League group stage.


Fixture Details:


June 2 | Spain vs Portugal | 19:45 BST


June 5 | Portugal vs Switzerland | 19:45 BST


June 9 | Portugal vs Czech Republic | 19:45 BST


June 12 | Switzerland vs Portugal | 19:45 BST

 

Spain: Rodri


After scoring the equaliser in dramatic fashion for last week’s title defence, Rodri is expected to feature heavily in Spain’s Nations League fixtures.


Fixture Details:


June 2 | Spain vs Portugal | 19:45 BST


June 5 | Czech Republic vs Spain | 19:45 BST


June 9 | Switzerland vs Spain | 19:45 BST


June 12 | Spain vs Czech Republic | 19:45 BST

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Ukraine: Oleksandr Zinchenko


The Ukrainian national team will play for the first time since November, due to Russia’s invasion. Zinchenko gave an impassioned interview about the situation in his home country last week after securing the Premier League title. The 25-year-old will represent his country against Scotland in the World Cup semifinal playoff before a trio of Nations League games.


Fixture Details:


June 1 | Scotland vs Ukraine | 19:45 BST


June 5 | Wales vs Scotland/Ukraine | 17:00 BST


June 8 | Republic of Ireland vs Ukraine | 19:45 BST


June 11 | Ukraine vs Armenia | 14:00 BST


June 14 | Ukraine vs Republic of Ireland | 19:45 BST

 

NOT TRAVELLING


Aymeric Laporte will miss out on this international trip after revealing that he played through a knee injury sustained during the Wolves match at Molineux, fighting through the final games of the season to ensure the title defence.


Ruben Dias has yet to fully recover from a hamstring/muscular injury that caused him to barely feature for the final month of the season.


Zack Steffen has withdrawn from international duties due to family reasons. The 27-year-old has missed a myriad of games this year due to Covid and various injuries.


Riyad Mahrez won’t feature for Algeria in the coming weeks after City sent the Algerian FA his medical report deeming him not fit enough to participate. City’s top goalscorer will be getting a much-needed break after seeing his form dip during the final months of the season.

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Written by: @IVIeehan


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