Internationals | Coady retains England place ahead of Molineux fixtures

Despite the 2021/22 season only coming to a close five days ago, there won’t be much rest for several members of the Wolves first-team squad who have been called up for international duty next month.

Conor Coady retained his spot in Gareth Southgate’s England squad and now a regular on the international stage, the defender – who has worn the captain’s armband on a couple of occasions – will be looking to earn his 10th cap during the June international fixtures.

The Three Lions face four UEFA Nations League matches next month, with England heading on the road for their opening two fixtures against Hungary and Germany, before returning home for a double header at Molineux.

In what will be the first time the stadium has hosted competitive men’s senior international football since 1956 and a win over Denmark, England will be hosting Italy and Hungary at the golden palace on 11th June and 14th June respectively.

If Coady is to feature in either of those two matches, he will be the first Wolves player since Billy Wright to represent his country at Molineux.

Jose Sa, Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho were all called up for Portugal’s quartet of Nations League matches this summer, although the goalkeeper has had to withdraw from the squad due to the injury which saw him replaced by John Ruddy at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.

Portugal face Switzerland twice as well as Spain and Czech Republic between 2nd and 12th June as they look to reclaim the Nations League title they won back in 2019.

Also in Nations League action next month will be Leander Dendoncker, who has been named in Roberto Martinez’s Belgium squad.

Belgium will take on Poland twice in early June, as well as hosting the Netherlands before taking a trip to the Cardiff City Stadium to face Wales.

Raul Jimenez is set for a busy few weeks having already joined up with Mexico for their friendly tour and CONCACAF Nations League fixtures.

His country will take on Nigeria on Sunday before other friendlies with Uruguay and Ecuador in the US. They also have two competitive fixtures, hosting Suriname and an away tie with Jamaica to end the month.

Morocco are preparing for three games and the Atlas Lions’ captain Romain Saiss has once again been called-up for his country.

As well as a friendly fixture with the USA, Morocco will begin their Africa Cup of Nations qualification campaign next month, facing South Africa and Liberia in their opening group stage matches.

Willy Boly is once again part of the Ivory Coast squad for their Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches against Zambia and Lesotho.

Hee Chan Hwang is also set for South Korean action having been called up once again for his country. Their three friendly matches against South American opposition will see them take on Brazil, Chile and Paraguay.

Called up for their under-21 sides are Pedro Neto, Fabio Silva and Morgan Gibbs-White.

Neto has since withdrawn from the Portugal youth squad, but Silva will be looking to be part of the side for their UEFA U21 Championship qualifiers against Belarus, Liechtenstein and Greece.

Having spent the 2021/22 season on loan at Sheffield United, Gibbs-White will hope to continue his impressive form with England under-21s, as they prepare for qualification fixtures with Czech Republic, Albania, Kosovo and Slovenia.