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International Action Aplenty On Thursday

Action for Leicester City's stars during the final international break of the year began on Thursday night, with a handful of Foxes representing their nations.

- Academy stars Luke Thomas, Ben Nelson and Sammy Braybrooke all featured for England's youth sides
- Daniel Amartey started in Ghana's 1-1 draw with Ethiopia
- Papy Mendy came off the bench for Senegal against Togo

Left-back Luke Thomas started for England Under-21s as part of their UEFA U21 European Championship qualification campaign against Czech Republic in Burnley.

Having collected seven points from their opening three games in Group G, the young Lions secured a big victory over the pool leaders as strikes from Anthony Gordon and Folarin Balogun added to Martin Vitik's early own goal.

Earlier in the day, defender Daniel Amartey played the full 90 minutes for Ghana in their 1-1 draw with Ethiopia in Africa's 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification.

Although Andre Ayew originally gave the Black Stars the lead, Getaneh Kebede equalised with 18 minutes to play at Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg.

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Luke Thomas celebrates Anthony Gordon's opener for England Under-21s.

On the same night, midfielder Papy Mendy was a second-half substitute for Senegal at Stade de Kégué in Lomé as the Lions of Teranga earned a late draw against Togo.

In Group H of qualifying, Pape Abou Cisse opened the scoring before Habib Diallo struck in injury time to ensure Mendy's nation maintained their unbeaten record in qualifying. 

Youngsters Ben Nelson and Sammy Braybrooke, meanwhile, featured for England Under-18s in their 3-2 friendly loss against Netherlands at the Pinatar Arena in Spain.

A first-half strike from West Ham United’s Sonny Perkins had given the young Lions a first-half lead, however they were beaten by Iggy Houben's late goal, despite earlier drawing level through Manchester United's Sam Mather.

Finally, midfielder Wanya Marcal-Madivadua's Portugal Under-20s registered a 2-0 win against England's same age group at the Dr. Magalhaes Pessoa Stadium in Leiria.

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