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Twenty-One Foxes In International Contention

Up to 21 Leicester City stars could feature during the 2018/19 season's final international break over the coming week.
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- Twenty-one Leicester City players of all ages are called up for international duty
- England's Harry Maguire and Ben Chilwell have been selected by Gareth Southgate
- Five young Foxes are also picked for England's Under-21s and Under-18s fixtures
- Another 14 players could feature for their respective nations over the coming week

Following a 2-1 win for the Foxes over Burnley on Saturday, Brendan Rodgers’ men headed into the international fixtures on the back of consecutive Premier League victories.

Defensive pair Harry Maguire and Ben Chilwell, two men to feature in City’s starting XI at Turf Moor, have once again been selected for duty by England manager Gareth Southgate.

The Three Lions will contest UEFA European Championships qualifiers against Czech Republic, on Friday, and Montenegro, on Monday, after securing their place in June's Nations League finals.

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Harry Maguire
Harry Maguire

Maguire currently has 16 England caps to his name.

Czech Republic will visit Wembley (7:45pm GMT kick-off), while England’s assignment against Montenegro sees them head to Podgorica City Stadium (7:45pm GMT kick-off).

City’s English representation continues at Under-21s level with Academy graduates Hamza Choudhury and Harvey Barnes being joined by James Maddison and Demarai Gray.

A duo of international friendlies await the Young Lions – verses Poland at Ashton Gate on Thursday, and Germany at Vitality Stadium on Tuesday (both 7:45pm GMT kick-offs).

With the summer’s U21 European Championships on the horizon, the Foxes quartet will be determined to impress manager Aidy Boothroyd as he looks to assess his squad.

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Harvey Barnes
Harvey Barnes

Barnes was promoted to England's U21s last year on the back of his form on loan for West Brom.

There’s also an Under-18s call-up for City left-back Luke Thomas, who has stepped up from the Club’s Academy side to represent the Development Squad in Premier League 2 this year.

Thomas, 18, will hope to be involved when the England youngsters face Japan, Czech Republic and Mexico in the UAE Sports Chain Cup.

They take on Japan on Wednesday and Czech Republic on Friday (both 4pm GMT kick-offs), before Sunday's meeting with Mexico (1:30pm GMT kick-off).

Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel’s Denmark, on the other hand, will contest an international friendly in Kosovo on Thursday (6pm GMT kick-off).

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Kasper Schmeichel
Kasper Schmeichel

Schmeichel's Denmark were promoted to League A in the Nations League.

Following that fixture, the 2018 Danish Player of the Year will hope to appear in a European Championships qualifier in Switzerland on Tuesday (7:45pm GMT kick-off).

Belgian midfielder Youri Tielemans, on loan from AS Monaco, has also been selected by his country for a double-header of qualifiers.

First, Roberto Martínez's 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-finalists tackle Russia in Brussels on Thursday, before heading to Cyprus on Sunday (both 7:45pm GMT kick-offs).

Middle man Wilfred Ndidi is also in contention for his country this month as Nigeria complete their Africa Cup of Nations qualification campaign with a fixture against Seychelles on Friday.

That match kicks off at 3pm GMT with Ndidi’s side top of Group E with 10 points from five matches, one above second-place South Africa and three better off than Libya in third.

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Jonny Evans
Jonny Evans

Experienced defender Evans now has 76 caps for Northern Ireland.

Elsewhere, defender Jonny Evans has once again been selected by Northern Ireland, who are scheduled to face Estonia and Belarus in European Championships qualifying.

They welcome Estonia to Windsor Park on Thursday, before taking on Belarus, also at home, on Sunday (both 7:45pm GMT kick-offs).

Evans' defensive partner Çağlar Söyüncü, of Turkey, meanwhile, could come up against Albania on Friday (7:45pm GMT kick-off) and Moldova on Monday (5pm GMT kick-off).

Although Andy King, on loan at Derby County, is currently injured, fellow Wales internationals Danny Ward and George Thomas, with Scunthorpe United this term, are set for duty.

They entertain Trinidad & Tobago in a friendly at the Racecourse Ground on Wednesday (7:45pm GMT kick-off) before a Euro qualifier of their own, against Slovakia, in Cardiff on Sunday (2pm GMT kick-off).

From the Club’s youth ranks, Alex Pascanu (Romania U21s), Lamine Kaba Sherif (Guinea U23s), Daniel Iversen (Denmark U21s), Viktor Johansson (Sweden U21s), Rhys Davies (Wales U21s), Bartosz Kapustka (Poland U21s) and Lukáš Hušek (Czech Republiz U19s) have also been selected.

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