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Once again, many of our Borussia boys have been called up to their respective national team squads for the upcoming international break. Amongst others, Manu Koné has been selected for France U21s for the first time.
After missing the first two international matches in March 2022 due to injury, Jonas Hofmann is making his return the Germany Men’s national team squad. Head coach Hansi Flick has included the 29-year-old in the squad who have travelled to Marbella for a training camp this week ahead of four upcoming UEFA Nations League matches. Germany begin with a match against European champions Italy in Bologna on Saturday, 4th June, before they face England in Munich on Tuesday, 7th June. They then face Hungary in Budapest the following Saturday (11th June) and end the international break with another fixture against Italy at BORUSSIA-PARK on Tuesday, 14th June. “My previous matches for Germany weren’t against very big opposition, so I’m even more delighted that we’re going to be facing England, Hungary and Italy. And to be playing against the European champions at BORUSSIA-PARK will be something very special,” commented Hofmann.
The trio of Yann Sommer, Nico Elvedi and Breel Embolo have once again been called up to the Switzerland Men’s national team, who also have four UEFA Nations League games to play in June. Their first is against the Czech Republic in Prague on Thursday, 2nd June, before they face Portugal in Lisbon on Sunday, 5th June. Two home games in Genf follow, the first against Spain on 9th June, and the second against Portugal once again on Sunday, 12th June.
Austria's new head coach Ralf Rangnick has included right-back Stefan Lainer and attacking player Hannes Wolf in his squad for their four UEFA Nations League matches in June. Their opening match is away to Croatia on Friday, 3rd June, and following this come a match in Vienna against Denmark (Monday, 6th June), a match against France, also in the capital (Friday, 10th June), and a match away to Denmark on Monday, 13th June.
Despite the squad not yet being announced, it is highly likely that Borussia left-back Ramy Bensebaini will be part of the Algeria Men’s national team squad as they begin their qualifying campaign for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations. They’re entering at the second qualifying round and first face Uganda on Saturday, 4th June before a further match against Tanzania on Wednesday, 8th June. The final team in this group is Niger, whom Algeria won’t face in June.
Joe Scally has been called up to the USA Men’s national team squad for their training camp in Cincinnati, and can look forward to making his first appearance for his country. “He’ll get some game time. I don’t yet know how much, but he’ll get the chance to prove himself,” said head coach Gregg Berhalter during his squad announcement press conference. USA have already qualified for the World Cup, and so their focus in on preparing for the finals in November. During this international break, they face Morocco in a friendly on Thursday, 2nd June and then play another friendly against Uruguay on Sunday, 5th June. Following this, their CONCACAF Nations League campaign gets underway with fixtures against Grenada (11th June) and El Salvador (15th June).
Yvandro Borges Sanches has once again been called up to the Luxembourg Men’s national team, who begin their UEFA Nations League campaign away to Lithuania on Saturday, 4th June, before further matches in the Faroe Islands (Saturday, 4th June), at home to Turkey (Saturday, 11th June) and at home to the Faroe Islands once more (Tuesday, 14th June).
Luca Netz missed the Germany U21s’ first two matches of 2022 in March due to injury, but the left-sided defender is back in Antonio Di Salvo’s squad for their June fixtures. On the agenda for the Germany U21s are their remaining EURO 2023 qualifiers, which sees them play Hungary in Osnabrück on Friday, 3rd June and then against Poland in Lodz on Tuesday, 7th June. Germany U21s are currently on 21 points in Group B, ahead of second-placed Israel (16) and third-placed Poland (15), meaning that just one point will see them through to the finals as group winners.
Manu Koné (above) has been called up to France U21s for the first time by head coach Sylvain Ripoll. They are set to face Serbia in Grenoble in the first of their three remaining European Championship qualifiers on Thursday, 2nd June, before they travel to face Armenia in Yerevan on Monday, 6th June, and then play Ukraine in Istanbul on Thursday, 9th June. France currently lead Group H on 19 points (seven games played) ahead of Ukraine (13 points from six games).
Conor Noß has been included in Ireland’s U21 squad as they end their U21 EURO qualifying campaign with three final matches. The first is at home to Bosnia and Herzegovina on Friday, 6th June; their second sees them host Montenegro on Monday, 6th June, and they end the group stage away to Italy on Tuesday, 14th June. Ireland are currently on 13 points from seven games in Group F, which puts them in third place behind Sweden (14 points from eight matches) and Italy (17 points from seven matches).
László Bénes is on the reserve list for Slovakia for the upcoming international break. Štefan Tarkovič’s side have four UEFA Nations League matches coming up in June.