What the Man City stars are doing during June internationals

The Manchester City players may have started the week celebrating the club’s latest Premier League win, but that doesn’t mean the season is over for them just yet.

While the 2022 World Cup won’t take place until November, several of City’s title winners still have international commitments to attend to this summer before they can rest for a few weeks.

Whether in friendlies or official competition, this is how some of City’s stars will be spending the first few weeks of June.

quadruple england

Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Kyle Walker, Raheem Sterling and John Stones have been called up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad for a quadruple header of UEFA Nations League matches.

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The Three Lions kick off their latest campaign with a trip to Hungary on June 4, before taking on Germany in Munich three days later. They then fly home for a doubleheader against Italy and Hungary at Wolves’ Molineux Stadium, although the former will be played behind closed doors as punishment for crowd trouble in the Euro 2020 final.

Walker is back after being left out of the squad in March, although it is unclear how his recent ankle injury, which kept him out of City’s final seven league games of the season, will affect his participation.


Bernardo Silva and Joao Cancelo have been included in Portugal’s squad for upcoming Nations League matches against Spain, Switzerland and the Czech Republic.

Ilkay Gundogan has been called up by Hansi Flick for Germany’s matches against Italy, England and Hungary, while Rodri could play for Spain against Germany, the Czech Republic and Switzerland.

Kevin de Bruyne has been included in the Belgium squad ahead of meetings with the Netherlands, Wales and Poland, while Nathan Ake hopes to face him for the Dutch.

Oleksandr Zinchenko will lead his Ukraine team in matches against the Republic of Ireland and Armenia, but first he has to think about a crucial World Cup play-off against Scotland, postponed from March due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. If Ukraine progresses, they will go toe-to-toe with Wales for a place at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.


Riyad Mahrez is expected to captain Algeria in Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Uganda and Tanzania next month, although the official squad has yet to be confirmed.

South America

Gabriel Jesus and Ederson are in the Brazil squad for the upcoming friendlies against South Korea and Japan, the former returning to Tite’s team after a good couple of months at City.

North America

Zack Steffen will represent the US in friendlies against Morocco and Uruguay in the first week of June, before participating in CONCACAF Nations League group stage matches against Grenada and El Salvador.


Aymeric Laporte was initially included in Luis Enrique’s squad in Spain, but on Wednesday announced he is withdrawing due to a knee injury sustained in City’s win against Wolves two weeks ago.

Although Laporte played the full 90 minutes in both of City’s games since then, he said he played through pain and now is the time to follow the correct medical procedures to address the problem.

RubĂ©n Dias injured his hamstring in a 5-0 loss to Newcastle earlier this month, so he has not been included in Portugal’s squad.

young blues

James Trafford, Taylor Harwood-Bellis and Tommy Doyle have been called up for the U21 EURO qualifiers, while Sam Edozie, James McAtee and Liam Delap hope to make the U19 squad at the U19 EURO in Slovakia this June.

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