• Tom Cayless

Everything you need to know: Manchester City Internationals – Qatar World Cup 2022

Sixteen of Pep Guardiola's senior squad will be jetting off to Qatar for this Winter's World Cup, with only a select few not representing their country on the world's biggest stage.

After a decent start in the Premier League, an unbeaten UEFA Champions League group stage, and a 1-0 victory over Chelsea in the Carabao Cup, Manchester City's season has come to a sudden halt with the 2022 Qatar World Cup.


Here's a roundup of who has been selected, along with their guaranteed fixtures:

 

Argentina - Julian Alvarez


For his first World Cup, City's new-boy Julian Alvarez has been selected by Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni. The 22-year-old is likely to play a significant role for his country as they face off against Saudi Arabia, Mexico, and Poland in the group stage.


A tougher round-of-16 beckons, though, as they'll probably face France or Denmark.


Fixture Details:


November 22 | Argentina vs Saudi Arabia | 10:00 GMT


November 26 | Argentina vs Mexico | 19:00 GMT


November 30 | Poland vs Argentina | 19:00 GMT

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Belgium - Kevin De Bruyne


Arguably City's greatest-ever player, Kevin De Bruyne will once again showcase his world-class talents on the biggest stage. Yes, Belgium's golden generation has passed, with the likes of Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku nothing like their former selves, but with perhaps the best player in the world on their side, anything is possible.


Depending on which of the top two positions they finish in Group F, they face the possibility of a clash against either Spain or Germany, most likely.


Fixture Details:


November 23 | Belgium vs Canada | 19:00 GMT


November 27 | Belgium vs Morocco | 13:00 GMT


December 1 | Croatia vs Belgium | 15:00 GMT

Brazil - Ederson


Following the departure of Gabriel Jesus and Fernandinho, Ederson is now the only Brazilian left in City's squad – therefore the only one up for selection. Despite his number-one position in Guardiola's side, the 29-year-old keeper is expected to be back-up in Qatar.


As for Brazil, they go into the tournament as the bookies' favourites. If things go as expected, they'll likely face Uruguay or Portugal in the round of 16.


Fixture Details:


November 24 | Brazil vs Serbia | 19:00 GMT


November 28 | Brazil vs Switzerland | 16:00 GMT


December 2 | Cameroon vs Brazil | 19:00 GMT


 

England - John Stones, Kyle Walker, Kalvin Philips, Jack Grealish and Phil Foden


Following a late touch-and-go run for their fitness, both Kyle Walker and Kalvin Phillips have been selected by England manager Gareth Southgate. Two of England's key players, John Stones and Phil Foden have also been chosen alongside Jack Grealish, who was excellent at last summer's European Championship.


Qatar will be a first world cup for Foden, Phillips and Grealish, but a second for Walker and Stones.


Fixture Details:


November 21 | England vs Iran | 13:00 GMT


November 25 | England vs USA | 19:00 GMT


November 29 | Wales vs England | 19:00 GMT

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Germany - Ilkay Gundogan


City's captain, Ilkay Gundogan is the only German at City to be selected. Stefan Ortega wasn't chosen by Hansi Flick. After a group-stage exit in 2018, Die Mannschaft will look back to their victory in 2014 for inspiration.


If they progress through Group E, they'll likely play De Bruyne's Belgium or Croatia.


Fixture Details:


November 23 | Germany vs Japan | 13:00 GMT


November 27 | Spain vs Germany | 19:00 GMT


December 1 | Costa Rica vs Germany | 19:00 GMT

 

Portugal - Ruben Dias, Joao Cancelo and Bernardo Silva


City's second-biggest representation in Qatar, it was obvious all three of City's Portuguese stars were going to be selected by Fernando Santos. The trio of Ruben Dias, Joao Cancelo, and Bernardo Silva will all more than likely start as Portugal look to give Cristiano Ronaldo the ultimate send-off in what is likely his final World Cup.


The Portuguese will face the runners-up from Group G if they top their group, as expected.


Fixture Details:


November 24 | Portugal vs Ghana | 16:00 GMT


November 28 | Portugal vs Uruguay | 19:00 GMT


December 2 | South Korea vs Portugal | 15:00 GMT

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Spain - Aymeric Laporte and Rodri


Rodri and Aymeric Laporte have, rather unsurprisingly, been called up by their national team. Laporte is a nailed-on starter for Spain, whereas Rodri's position is less certain, with manager Luis Enrique often preferring Sergio Busquets in the holding role. However, Rodri's world-class performances over the past year may be too impressive to ignore as Spain search for their second-ever World Cup. Left-back Sergio Gomez was not selected.


Spain will play a side from Group F if they progress.


Fixture Details:


November 23 | Spain vs Costa Rica | 16:00 GMT


November 27 | Spain vs Germany | 19:00 GMT


December 1 | Japan vs Spain | 19:00 GMT

 

Switzerland - Manuel Akanji


Following his great start under Guardiola, Manuel Akanji will be playing for Switzerland this winter. The Swiss have been placed into a difficult group with the likes of Brazil and Serbia but will back their chances of progression.


If they do get through, Akanji's nation will play one of the top two in Group H – very probable to be Uruguay or Portugal.

Fixture Details:


November 24 | Switzerland vs Cameroon | 10:00 GMT


November 28 | Brazil vs Switzerland | 16:00 GMT


December 2 | Serbia vs Switzerland | 19:00 GMT

Photo courtesy of FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images
 

The Netherlands - Nathan Ake


After his impressive form for City this season, Nathan Ake has been selected by national team manager Louis Van Gaal. The former Manchester United gaffer prefers to play a three-back formation, opening up more of an opportunity for Ake to get into a solid defence.


A second-round tie against England, USA, Wales or Iran looms if they progress through Group A.

Fixture Details:


November 21 | Senegal vs Netherlands | 16:00 GMT


November 25 | Netherlands vs Ecuador | 16:00 GMT


November 29 | Netherlands vs Qatar | 15:00 GMT

World Cup Missers - Erling Haaland, Riyad Mahrez, Stefan Ortega, Cole Palmer and Sergio Gomez


Just five senior City players won't be travelling to Qatar. Erling Haaland and Riyad Mahrez's nations did not qualify, whilst Stefan Ortega, Sergio Gomez, and Cole Palmer weren't selected by their respective coaches.


However, Haaland, Mahrez, and Gomez may see some international action with Norway, Algeria, and Spain U21 set for some friendlies prior to the World Cup's beginning.


They will no doubt enjoy a holiday after this.


Guardiola and the remnants of his squad will head to Abu Dhabi on December 5th for warm-weather training and are set to meet club owner Sheikh Mansour and chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak; it is expected that the Catalan's future beyond his current deal will be discussed.


City's next game is scheduled for the 22nd of December against Liverpool in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup – just four days after the World Cup final.

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Written by: @TomCayless_


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