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Hectic June Schedule For Leicester City's International Stars

A busy summer of international action at various levels awaits for several Leicester City's players over the coming fortnight.
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- Ten Leicester City players are selected for action in the UEFA Nations League in June
- There could be senior debuts for James Justin (England) and Daniel Iversen (Denmark)
- Another three players have been named in squads for Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers
- Several youngsters are also in contention to represent their nations' youth sides

Full-back James Justin will be hoping to make his senior England debut in June with the Three Lions set for four outings in the UEFA Nations League. Gareth Southgate's men, ranked fifth in the world, start their League A Group 3 campaign with a double header of away games on the continent. 

They face Hungary in Budapest on Saturday 4 June (5pm kick-off), before heading to Munich to tackle Germany on Tuesday 7 June (7:45pm kick-off). England then host Italy on Saturday 11 June (7:45pm kick-off) and Hungary on Tuesday 14 June (7:45pm kick-off), both in Wolverhampton. 

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James Justin
James Justin

James Justin linked up with the England team on Monday.

Club captain Kasper Schmeichel, defender Jannik Vestergaard and goalkeeper Daniel Iversen could also feature in the Nations League this month. The Danes, placed in League A Group 1, meet France in Paris on Friday 3 June (7:45pm kick-off) and then fly to Austria on Monday 6 June (7:45pm kick-off).

Two home games in Copenhagen then follow - against Croatia on Friday 10 June (7:45pm kick-off) and Austria on Monday 13 June (7:45pm kick-off).

Youri Tielemans, Timothy Castagne and Dennis Praet have all been named in Roberto Martínez's Belgium squad. Their League A Group 4 campaign starts at home against the Netherlands on Friday 3 June (7:45pm kick-off), before Poland also visit Brussels on Wednesday 8 June (7:45pm kick-off).

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Kasper Schmeichel
Kasper Schmeichel

Kasper Schmeichel has 80 caps for Denmark to his name.

The Red Devils will then contest away fixtures against Wales on Saturday 11 June (7:45pm kick-off) and Poland on Tuesday 14 June (7:45pm kick-off). That encounter with Wales in Cardiff could see them come up against Foxes team-mate Danny Ward, who has also been selected by his nation.

After travelling to Poland on Wednesday 1 June (5pm kick-off), the Dragons will then switch attentions to FIFA World Cup qualifying against either Scotland or Ukraine on Saturday 5 June (5pm kick-off). The winner will secure a place in England's group at the showpiece finals event in Qatar later this year.

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Youri Tielemans
Youri Tielemans

Foxes midfielder Youri Tielemans is one of three City players in the Belgium squad.

Back in the Nations League, Wales then entertain the Netherlands, on Wednesday 8 June (7:45pm kick-off) and Belgium on Saturday 11 June (7:45pm kick-off). Their first cluster of matches in League A Group 4 concludes with a trip to Rotterdam in the Netherlands on Tuesday 14 June (7:45pm kick-off).

A quintet of Nations League outings also await Jonny Evans and Northern Ireland, who begin their journey in League C Group 2 against Greece in Belfast on Thursday 2 June (7:45pm kick-off), before meeting Cyprus in Larnaca on Sunday 5 June (5pm kick-off).

Kosovo away, in Prishtina, is next up for the Green & White Army on Thursday 9 June (7:45pm kick-off) and they conclude the summer international break against Cyprus back on home soil on Sunday 12 June (2pm kick-off).

Turkey centre-back Çağlar Söyüncü, on the other hand, is another Leicester City representative in the Nations League. After entertaining the Faroe Islands in Istanbul on Saturday 4 June (7:45pm kick-off), the Crescent-Stars are due in Vilnius to face Lithuania on Tuesday 7 June (7:45pm kick-off).

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Çağlar Söyüncü
Çağlar Söyüncü

There could be four Turkey caps for Çağlar Söyüncü to add to his tally in June.

A trip to Gasperich to tackle Luxembourg is next up for City's No.4 and his international team-mates on Saturday 11 June (7:45pm kick-off), while their month's action ends against Lithuania once more, in İzmir, on Tuesday 14 June (7:45pm kick-off).

Elsewhere, qualification for the 2023 CAF Africa Cup of Nations will also be on the agenda for Papy Mendy (Senegal), Daniel Amartey (Ghana) and Patson Daka (Zambia).

Mendy's Senegal outfit, current AFCON champions, host Benin in Dakar to start their Group L campaign on Saturday 4 June (8pm kick-off), before an away trip to Rwanda on Tuesday 7 June (8pm kick-off). 

Ghana, with Amartey among their ranks, start out in Group E against Madagascar in Cape Coast on Wednesday 1 June (8pm kick-off). After also facing the Central African Republic in Bangui on Sunday 5 June (2pm kick-off), the Black Stars are then due in Hyogo-ku to come up against Japan in the Kirin Cup.

That semi-finals tie on Friday 10 June (10:55am kick-off) could be followed by either a third-place play-off or a final appearance against Chile or Tunisia on 14 June. The play-off will take place at 10:15am in Osaka while the same venue stages the final at 1:55pm.

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Patson Daka
Patson Daka

Patson Daka scored 11 goals in all competitions in his debut season at the Club.

Daka and Zambia, meanwhile, travel to the Ivory Coast in Group H of AFCON qualifying on Friday 3 June (8pm kick-off) and then host Comoros in Lusaka on Tuesday 7 June (2pm kick-off).

Wesley Fofana has also been named in France's Under-21s squad for 2023 UEFA U21 European Championship qualifying.

The Group H leaders host Serbia in Grenoble on Thursday 2 June (7:45pm kick-off), before travelling to Armenia on Monday 6 June (5:30pm kick-off) and concluding their campaign against Ukraine in Istanbul on Thursday 9 June (5:45pm kick-off).

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Luke Thomas
Luke Thomas

Full-back Luke Thomas has made six outings for the Young Lions.

England's Under-21s - with Luke Thomas among their ranks - have work to do to close a three-point gap to U21 EURO qualifying Group G leaders Czech Republic, but have one game more still to play. And they face the Czechs in Ceske Budejovice on Friday 3 June (5pm kick-off).

On Thursday 7 June, the Young Lions entertain Albania in Chesterfield (7:45pm kick-off) and travel to Kosovo on Friday 10 June (7pm kick-off). Slovenia, back in Chesterfield, is up last on Monday 13 June (7:45pm kick-off).

Midfielder Thanawat Suengchitthawon is also in the Thailand Under-23s group selected for the U23 Asian Championships. Potted in Group C, Thailand first face Vietnam Under-23s in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on Thursday 2 June (4pm kick-off).

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Thanawat Suengchitthawon
Thanawat Suengchitthawon

Foxes youngster Thanawat Suengchitthawon, far right, trains with his Thailand Under-23s team-mates. Image: Thailand FA.

Malaysia, at the same venue, are next up on Sunday 5 June (4pm kick-off) before tackling South Korea on Wednesday 8 June (2pm kick-off). There will be various knockout stages to follow, with the final taking place on Sunday 19 June (2pm kick-off).

England's Under-18s, on the other hand, will have three Foxes prospects in their squad for an international camp in Croatia - Sammy BraybrookeKian Pennant and Ben Nelson. They have three games coming up in Zagreb, first up against Austria on Tuesday 7 June (3pm kick-off).

They then face Wales - including Development Squad striker Chris Popov - on Friday 10 June (3pm kick-off) before tackling Croatia on Monday 13 June (3pm kick-off). Wales' youngsters also face Croatia on Tuesday 7 June (3pm kick-off) and Austria on Monday 13 June (3pm kick-off).

For updates on how all of Leicester City's stars feature in June, make sure to check back to LCFC.com and follow @LCFC on social media.

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