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The Blues Enter the October International Break

UEFA Nations League Draw Photo by Robert Hradil/Getty Images

The October 2018 international break has begun. Whilst many fans would rather watch the English Premier League than these international matches, Manchester City will see a large contention of their players compete throughout the world.

The Blues will first turn to the European continent, as the majority of their players will compete in the UEFA Nations League.

Kyle Walker, John Stones and Raheem Sterling were recalled to the England national team, where they will face Croatia and Spain. England failed to collect a single point in September and thus will need to enhance their performance during this international break.

Leroy Sané’s Germany will face the Netherlands and France. Bernardo Silva’s Portugal will take on Poland and Scotland. Oleksandr Zinchenko’s Ukraine, who earned a perfect start in the competition, will feature against Italy and the Czech Republic. Vincent Kompany’s Belgium will compete against Switzerland and the Netherlands.

As for City’s South American contingency, they will compete in a series of international friendlies. Ederson, Danilo and Gabriel Jesus have joined the Brazilian squad and will face Saudi Arabia and Argentina. Nicolás Otamendi has joined Argentina, where he will face Iraq and Brazil.

Finally, Riyad Mahrez’s Algeria will take on Benin in a two-legged affair as they look to qualify for the 2019 African Cup of Nations.

Claudio Bravo, Kevin De Bruyne, Fabian Delph, İlkay Gündoğan and Eliaquim Mangala will miss out on their international duties, as they are still recovering from their respective injuries.

Benjamin Mendy, Aymeric Laporte, Fernandinho and Sergio Agüero were not recalled to their respective teams. David Silva retired from international football.