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15 City stars jet off for international duty

Thought the football was over for the summer? Think again!

City have 15 players involved in the final international break of the 2014/15 season.

First up, Argentina have a final friendly before they kick off their Copa America campaign next week.

Sergio Aguero, Martin Demichelis and Pablo Zabaleta are all expected to feature in Saturday night’s clash with Bolivia which takes place in San Juan, Argentina.

The World Cup finalists begin their Copa America campaign in Chile against Paraguay on the following Saturday.

Fernandinho’s Brazil have two friendlies to negotiate before they get their Copa America tilt under way.

The eight-time South American champions warm up for the tournament with games against Mexico (Sunday) and Honduras (Wednesday).

Their competition starts with their opening group match against Peru on the night of Sunday 14 June.

Wilfried Bony and Yaya Toure’s Ivory Coast are also in friendly action in this international break.

The African champions take on Gabon in Libreville on Sunday 14 June, although Yaya is not in the squad after being given a rest by the coach.

Closer to home, Joe Hart’s England will hope to keep up their 100% qualification record for Euro 2016 when they take on Slovenia in Ljubljana a week on Sunday.

Before that, they will meet Ireland for an exhibition match at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Sunday.

David Silva’s Spain also have a friendly/qualifier combo coming up as they meet Costa Rica and Belarus on Wednesday 10 and Sunday 14 respectively.

City will have just one representative in the Belgium squad for their upcoming friendly against France and crucial qualifier against Wales and it’s not the one you might expect.

Jason Denayer will be hoping to damage Chris Coleman’s hopes of guiding the Red Dragons to France next summer when they meet on 12 June, while Vincent Kompany misses out through suspension after receiving a red card last time out against Israel.

For France, Eliaquim Mangala and Bacary Sagna could both come up against Denayer in that match at the Stade de France on Sunday, before they meet Albania away from home on the following Saturday.

Elsewhere, Aleksandar Kolarov’s Serbia face Azerbaijan in a non-competitive fixture and Denmark in Euro 2016 qualifying Group I.

Halfway through their qualifying campaign, Serbia’s hopes of reaching the finals look finished as they have just one point from four games.

Edin Dzeko’s Bosnia-Herzegovina have just one match to concern themselves with – a qualifier against Israel on 12 June.

It’s a Scandinavian double header for Montenegro’s Stevan Jovetic who will be aiming to get among the goals when his side take on Denmark and Sweden before his summer break.

Finally, Karim Rekik is in the Netherlands squad for their games against USA and Latvia coming up over the next fortnight.

The youngster will be aiming to win his second cap after a second successful year-long loan spell at PSV Eindhoven.

International break fixtures (all times BST)

Netherlands v USA – Friday 5 June 19:30

Ireland v England – Sunday 7 June 13:00

Serbia v Azerbaijan – Sunday 7 June 18:00

France v Belgium – Sunday 7 June 20:00

Brazil v Mexico – Sunday 7 June 21:00

Argentina v Bolivia - Sunday 7 June 00:00

Denmark v Montenegro – Monday 8 June 19:00

Brazil v Honduras – Wednesday 10 June 20:00

Spain v Costa Rica – Thursday 11 June 19:45

Wales v Belgium – Friday 12 June 19:45

Latvia v Netherlands – Friday 12 June 19:45

Bosnia v Israel – Friday 12 June 19:45

Albania v France – Saturday 13 June 19:45

Denmark v Serbia – Saturday 13 June 19:45

Slovenia v England – Sunday 14 June 17:00

Gabon v Ivory Coast – Sunday 14 June 18:00

Sweden v Montenegro – Sunday 14 June 19:45

Belarus v Spain – Sunday 14 June 19:45

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