James Maddison & Ben Chilwell

Landmarks Aplenty For Four Foxes In EURO Qualifying

James Maddison, Ben Chilwell, Çağlar Söyüncü and Ricardo Pereira all made headlines on a busy evening of Leicester City representation on the international stage on Thursday.
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- Ben Chilwell started and James Maddison made his senior debut from the bench as England qualified for the UEFA European Championships
- Chilwell made three assists in the first half as the Three Lions beat Montenegro 7-0 at Wembley
- Maddison emerged from the bench in the 56th minute to make his maiden senior England appearance
- Çağlar Söyüncü played the full 90 and kept a clean sheet as Turkey also qualified 
- Ricardo Pereira made an assist in his first Portugal appearance since the 2018 FIFA World Cup 

Chilwell registered a brilliant trio of assists inside 24 minutes and Maddison made his debut from the bench in England's 7-0 victory over Montenegro to seal UEFA European Championship qualification.

Earlier in the day, in Istanbul, meanwhile, Söyüncü played a key role in securing a clean sheet for his country as Turkey also booked their spot at EURO 2020 with a 0-0 draw against Iceland.

Elsewhere, Ricardo made an assist on his first appearance since the 2018 FIFA World Cup for Portugal as the current EURO holders edged closer to qualification with a 6-0 win over Lithuania in Faro-Loulé.

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Çağlar Söyüncü
Çağlar Söyüncü

Söyüncü is a star of the current Turkey side.

The first fixture of the evening involving Foxes representation saw Turkey host Iceland at Ali Sami Yen Spor Kompleksi with Söyüncü and his colleagues knowing a draw would be enough. 

Turkey endured a late scare, however, as a superb corner from Gylfi Sigurðsson found Hörður Björgvin Magnússon at the far post but his effort was blocked on the line by Merih Demiral.

As a result, Söyüncü's side qualify and are currently second in Group H, following France's late 2-1 victory over Moldova at the Stade de France, putting the world champions clear by two points.

Chilwell, on the other hand, continued his excellent domestic form in an England shirt with three assists in the opening half-an-hour of a stunning 7-0 win for the Three Lions over Montenegro at Wembley.

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James Maddison
James Maddison

Foxes midfielder James Maddison came on in the 56th minute of England's 7-0 win over Montenegro.

The Leicester City Academy graduate's cross-field pass was converted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for England's opener before the young left-back's searching cross was nodded home by captain Harry Kane.

On 24 minutes, the 22-year-old was the provider again for former Foxes loanee Kane, who completed a 38-minute hat-trick after Marcus Rashford had also added his name to the scoresheet in London.

After the interval, Maddison was introduced on 56 minutes to make his maiden senior appearance for his country, while an Aleksandar Sofranac own goal and Tammy Abraham's strike made it 7-0.

Gareth Southgate's side have also qualified and currently lead by a margin of three points in Group A, with a far superior goal difference, following Czech Republic's 2-1 win over Kosovo in Plzeň.

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Ricardo Pereira
Ricardo Pereira

Ricardo Pereira was typically impressive for Portugal against Lithuania before also starred in Luxembourg.

Finally, Ricardo also returned to the international stage to make an appearance for Portugal for the first time since the UEFA Nations League holders' run to the Round of 16 at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. 

Portugal were scintillating at Estádio Algarve with Cristiano Ronaldo netting a hat-trick alongside efforts from Pizzi, Gonçalo Paciência and Bernardo Silva - assisted by Ricardo - in a 6-0 win over Lithuania.

However, Fernando Santos' second-placed side are only one point above Serbia in Group B ahead of Sunday's visit to Luxembourg, while the Serbians tackle already-qualified Ukraine at Red Star Stadium.

Make sure to check back to LCFC.com over the coming days for regular reports on how the Club's international stars fare for their countries.

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