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16 Manchester City players selected for international duty as Kevin De Bruyne left out through injury



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Pep Guardiola has seen 16 of his Manchester City first-team players selected for international duty during the final national team break of the ongoing season.

The international break in March separates a crunch run of games from another equally as important fixture list at the end of the month and throughout April, as City look to further improve their chances of retaining their historic Treble success of last season.

A meeting with Premier League title rivals Arsenal comes at the end of the month, while April will see an FA Cup semi-final meeting with Chelsea and a UEFA Champions League quarter-final tie against Real Madrid accompany other English top-flight fixtures.

While the large majority of Pep Guardiola’s squad have been selected to represent their respective nations across the next two weeks, three players have been excluded due to their respective injury problems.

Ederson and Kevin De Bruyne miss out for Brazil and Belgium respectively, despite their issues not being serious and both players expected to be somewhat available for the meeting against Arsenal at the end of the month.

As for Jack Grealish, the England international has been recovering from a groin problem, and made his return to Manchester City’s matchday squad in the FA Cup against Newcastle, but not being risked by Gareth Southgate for their latest pairing of friendly fixtures.

Ahead of the start of the final international break of the ongoing season, here is the full list of 16 Manchester City players selected for duty by their respective national team coach’s, and who they will be facing in action!

England: Kyle Walker, John Stones, Phil Foden

23/03 / 19:00 (UK) – Brazil (H), International friendly
26/03 / 19:45 (UK) – Belgium (H), International friendly

England Under-21: Rico Lewis

22/03 / 12:00 (UK) – Azerbaijan U21 (A), U21 EURO Qualification
25/03 / 14:00 (UK) – Luxembourg U21 (H), U21 EURO Qualification

Switzerland: Manuel Akanji

23/03 / 19:00 (UK) – Denmark (A), International friendly
26/03 / 19:45 (UK) – Republic of Ireland (A), International friendly

Netherlands: Nathan Ake

22/03 / 19:45 (UK) – Scotland (H), International friendly
26/03 / 19:45 (UK) – Germany (A), International friendly

Portugal: Ruben Dias, Matheus Nunes, Bernardo Silva

21/03 / 19:45 (UK) – Sweden (H), International friendly
26/03 / 19:45 (UK) – Slovenia (A), International friendly

Spain: Rodri

22/03 / 20:30 (UK) – Colombia (H), International friendly
26/03 / 20:30 (UK) – Brazil (H), International friendly

Croatia: Josko Gvardiol, Mateo Kovacic

23/03 / 20:00 (UK) – Tunisia (N), International friendly tournament
TBC / TBC (UK) – Egypt or New Zealand (N), International friendly tournament

Norway: Oscar Bobb, Erling Haaland

22/03 / 17:00 (UK) – Czech Republic (H), International friendly
26/03 / 18:00 (UK) – Slovakia (H), International friendly

Belgium: Jeremy Doku

23/03 / 17:00 (UK) – Republic of Ireland (A), International friendly
26/03 / 19:45 (UK) – England (A), International friendly

Argentina: Julian Alvarez

23/03 / 00:00 (UK) – El Salvador (H), International friendly
27/03 / 02:30 (UK) – Costa Rica (H), International friendly


Scott Carson: Not selected for England

Ederson: Not selected for Brazil due to injury

Stefan Ortega Moreno: Not selected for Germany

Sergio Gomez: Not selected for Spain

Kevin De Bruyne: Not selected for Belgium due to injury

Jack Grealish: Not selected for England due to injury