Nayef Aguerd for Morocco

Trio called up for June internationals

Nayef Aguerd, Alphonse Areola and Lucas Paquetá have each been called up by their respective nations for the June international fixtures. 

Aguerd has been named in the Morocco squad for the Atlas Lions' home friendly against Cape Verde and CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifier away to South Africa.

The centre-back is one of a 28-man squad selected by head coach Walid Regragui. Morocco will welcome Cape Verde to the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat on Monday 12 June at 8pm WEST (8pm BST).

Aguerd and his teammates will then travel to the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg to play South Africa on Saturday 17 June at 5pm SAST (4pm BST). 

Morocco sit top of Group K in their quest to qualify for the Africa Cup Of Nations, which will be held in Ivory Coast in early 2024. The 2022 FIFA World Cup semi-finalists have two wins from two matches played so far, while South Africa sit second in the group, with four points from three games.

Alphonse Areola

Areola has been selected by Didier Deschamps for France's pair of UEFA Euro 2024 qualifiers.

The shot-stopper is one of three goalkeepers in the 24-player group, who will look to maintain their position at the top of Group B. With six points from two games played, France have made the perfect start to their qualification campaign.

France will first play Gibraltar at the Estádio Algarve in Almancil in Portugal on Friday 16 June at 7.45pm WEST (7.45pm BST), before welcoming Greece to the Stade de France in Paris on Monday 19 June at 8.45pm CEST (7.45pm BST).

Lucas Paqueta for Brazil

Paquetá has once again been named in the Brazil squad for the nation’s upcoming pair of friendlies in Europe, as one of 23 players called up by interim coach Ramon Menezes.

The 25-year-old, who has 40 caps and eight international goals to his name, will be part of the group that faces Guinea on Saturday 17 June in Barcelona (kick-off TBC) and meets Senegal at Estádio José Alvalade in Lisbon, Portugal on Tuesday 20 June. Kick-off is set for 8.30pm WEST (8.30pm BST). 

In being selected for international duty, Aguerd, Areola and Paquetá join captain Declan Rice, who has been called-up by England, in linking up with his national team in June.


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