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Manchester City on International Duty: Euro 2020 Qualifiers – Matchday 3

The Blues Are Back on International Duty

UEFA Euro Roma 2020 Official Logo Unveiling Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images

After completing an unprecedented domestic treble, Manchester City’s senior men’s team are back on international duty.

First, the UEFA Nations League. Portugal, Switzerland, England and the Netherlands will compete in the inaugural 2018/19 UEFA Nations League finals. As a result, these four teams will put their Euro 2020 qualification matches on hold.

Portugal will face Switzerland on 5 June whilst the Netherlands will go head to head with England on 6 June. The competition’s third place play-off and final will be held on 9 June.

Portugal will host the competition’s semi-finals and final.

Depending on the outcome of these matches, Bernardo Silva’s Portugal could find themselves against England’s Kyle Walker, Raheem Sterling, John Stones and Fabian Delph.

As for the qualification process for the 2020 European Championships, Oleksandr Zinchenko’s Ukraine will take on Serbia and Luxembourg in Group B. The Zbirna currently sit in first place in Group B, and should they earn positive results in both of their forthcoming fixtures, the Ukrainians would be in firm control of their group.

Meanwhile, Arijanet Muric and Kosovo will take on Montenegro and Bulgaria in Euro 2020 Qualification Group A. The Dardanians currently sit in third place in their group, albeit they could still qualify for the competition via the second-round play-offs.

Finally, Leroy Sané and İlkay Gündoğan will compete for Germany in Group C, where they currently sit in second. Die Mannschaft will face Belarus and Estonia on Matchday 3 and 4.

Outside of Europe, Riyad Mahrez’s Algeria qualified for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, where the tournament will commence later this month. The Desert Foxes will face Kenya, Senegal and Tanzania in the competition’s group stage.

Manchester City’s South American contingency will also be away on international duty as these players will compete at the 2019 Copa América.

Brazil’s Ederson, Fernadinho and Gabriel Jesus will face Bolivia, Venezuela and Peru in Copa América Group A. (Danilo was not recalled to the squad.)

Meanwhile, Sergio Agüero and Nicolás Otamendi will travel with Argentina. The White and Sky-Blues will face Columbia, Paraguay and Qatar in Copa América Group B.