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International duty: 11 feature around the world

Which City players were involved during the recent international games?

Three of our players were involved in the action in the early hours of Wednesday morning with the 2018 World Cup South American qualifiers continuing.

Fernandinho played the first half for Brazil before being substituted for Hulk as Dunga’s side secured a share of the points with Paraguay after Dani Alves’ last minute equaliser saw the game finish 2-2.

FERNA: 30-year midfielder played the first half in Brazil's 2-2 draw with Paraguay.

Meanwhile, in the Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes, Martin Demichelis played the full game for Argentina in their 2-0 win against Bolivia.

Sergio Aguero came on in the 77th minute to replace Gonzalo Higuain as the Gerardo Martino’s squad closed the gap on Uruguay and Ecuador. Pablo Zabaleta was an unused substitute.

Continuing with the competitive senior games and Kelechi Iheanacho was an unused sub in Nigeria’s 1-0 defeat against Egypt, a loss that confirmed that the Super Eagles won’t be featuring in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

Elsewhere, Bacary Sagna played 90 minutes for France in the 4-2 friendly win against Russia while Aleks Kolarov scored the only goal of the game, a superb free kick, in Serbia’s 1-0 victory away to Estonia.

TOUGH TASK: Jason Denayer attempts to win the ball from Cristiano Ronaldo in Belgium's 2-1 defeat in Portugal.

On-loan defender Jason Denayer featured for Belgium for 86 minutes in their 2-1 defeat against Portugal before being replaced by former City player Dedryck Boyata.

Patrick Roberts played 58 minutes for England U19s as they sealed their place in this summer’s UEFA European Under-19 Championship in Germany with a 2-0 win against Spain.

Completing the round-up, Billy O’Brien appeared for Wales U21s in their 2-1 defeat versus Romania while Sinan Bytyqi and Enes Unal were second half subs for Austria U21s and Turkey U21s respectively.