James Maddison & Bartosz Kapustka

Foxes Clash & Tielemans Scores On International Duty

Leicester City players went head-to-head and Youri Tielemans scored a first goal for Belgium over the past two days of international action.
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- Several Leicester City players have so far represented their countries this week
- James Maddison started as England's Under-21s drew with Bartosz Kapustka's Poland
- Hamza Choudhury, Demarai Gray and Harvey Barnes appeared from the bench in Bristol
- Youri Tielemans scored his maiden goal for the Belgium national team
- Kasper Schmeichel, Danny Ward and Jonny Evans also starred for their nations

On Thursday, James Maddison earned a fifth cap for England's Under-21s, while Hamza Choudhury, Demarai Gray and Harvey Barnes emerged from the bench, against Bartosz Kapustka's Poland side.

Maddison started at Ashton Gate as the Young Lions extended their unbeaten run to 16 matches, but were unable to to leave Bristol with a friendly victory after Sebastian Szymanski equalised Dominic Calvert-Lewin's opener.

Gray and Barnes, meanwhile, were introduced as 72nd-minute substitutes and Choudhury - an Academy graduate like Barnes - came on with 10 minutes to play. Kapustka, on loan at OH Leuven, played the full 90 minutes. 

Both sides are set to appear in this summer's U21 UEFA European Championships in Italy/San Marino, with England, semi-finalists two years ago, among the favourites to win it, while Poland reached the group stage in 2017.

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Hamza Choudhury
Hamza Choudhury

After appearing at the Toulon Tournament last summer, Choudhury is going to the Euros this year.

England's youngsters next take on Germany at AFC Bournemouth's Vitality Stadium on Tuesday (7:45pm GMT kick-off), while Poland host Serbia for a 2pm GMT kick-off.

Elsewhere, midfielder Tielemans, on loan from AS Monaco, netted for the first-ever time in a Belgium shirt as Roberto Martínez's men opened their 2020 UEFA Euros qualification campaign with a 3-1 win over Russia.

The 21-year-opened the scoring for the Belgian Red Devils at Heysel Stadium by receiving the ball from Timothy Castagne, finding the bottom corner. While Denis Cheryshev equalised, Eden Hazard's brace sealed all three points.

Next up for Belgium, who finished third in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, is another Euro qualifier in Cyprus on Sunday (7:45pm GMT kick-off).

Also on Thursday, Kasper Schmeichel's 44th appearance for Denmark ended in a 2-2 draw at Kosovo, as the Danes needed a 91st-minute equaliser from Pierre-Emile Højbjerg to rescue a point in Pristina.

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Youri Tielemans
Youri Tielemans

On Thursday, Tielemans was on the scoresheet as Belgium got off to a winning start in qualifying.

City's No.1, the 2018 Danish Player of the Year, is likely to once again be in action for his country when they head to Basel to tackle Sweden in their second Euros qualifier on Tuesday night (7:45pm GMT kick-off). 

Northern Ireland, meanwhile, handed a 77th cap to Jonny Evans in a 2-0 success for Michael O'Neill's men over Estonia in Euro qualifying at Windsor Park on Thursday evening.

Niall McGinn and Steven Davis were on target for the hosts as they began their bid to qualify for the 2020 Euros with three points. They will next entertain Belarus in Belfast on Sunday in a 7:45pm GMT kick-off.

Academy graduate defender Alex Pașcanu, on the other hand, saw out the full 90 minutes for Romania's Under-21s, who will be at the summer's U21 Euros, in a 1-0 defeat by Spain at Nuevo Estadio de Los Cármenes in Granada.

The 20-year-old centre-back will hope to add to his tally of international appearances when Romania host Denmark's Under-21s, featuring City goalkeeper Daniel Iversen, on Monday night (5pm GMT kick-off).

On Wednesday, Wales duo Danny Ward and George Thomas were in friendly action for Ryan Giggs' men as they defeated Trinidad & Tobago in dramatic circumstances in Wrexham, courtesy of Ben Woodburn's last-ditch winner.

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George Thomas
George Thomas

Thomas was in midfield for Wales at the Racecourse Ground.

Young defender Luke Thomas, also a graduate of the Club's Academy, started for England's Under-18s England, who defeated Japan by 4-1 in their first game at the UAE Sports Chain Cup in Dubai.

Goals from Folarin Balogun, Tommy Doyle, Morgan Whittaker and Paris Maghoma were enough for Neil Dewsnip’s side at the Sevens Stadium, who face the Czech Republic in Dubai on Friday (4pm GMT kick-off).

Lamine Kaba Sherif did not feature as his Guinea Under-23s side defeated Senegal 2-1 at Stade du 28 Septembre in the first leg of the second qualifying round for the Africa Cup of Nations. The second leg takes place on Sunday (6pm GMT kick-off).

Finally, young goalkeeper, Iversen, who is on loan at Oldham Athletic this season, started as Denmark's Under-21s came from two goals down to beat Belgium 3-2 on Wednesday. 

On Friday Harry Maguire and Ben Chilwell's England host the Czech Republic (7:45pm GMT kick-off, Wilfred Ndidi's Nigeria entertain Seychelles (3pm GMT kick-off) and Çağlar Söyüncü's Turkey head to Albania (7:45pm GMT kick-off).

There is also youth action or Development Squad goalkeeper Viktor Johansson, whose Sweden Under-21s side face Russia on home soil (4pm GMT kick-off).

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