What Championship players could be at the World Cup? Ismaila Sarr would be highest profile after failed Aston Villa transfer as Chile hero Ben Brereton Diaz misses out

    The 2022/23 Championship season will soon stop to accommodate a first ever winter World Cup.

    While the majority of stars that play in England and will be on the plane to Qatar are from the Premier League, the country’s second division will have a few representatives as well.

    Chile hero Brereton Diaz won’t be in Qatar but former Liverpool star Allen will be

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    Chile hero Brereton Diaz won’t be in Qatar but former Liverpool star Allen will be

    The main international players featuring in the Championship last season from Fulham, Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest have all now been promoted.

    This includes the likes of Serbia’s Aleksandar Mitrovic, Denmark midfielder Philip Billing and Welsh starlet Brennan Johnson.

    While Blackburn’s cult hero Ben Brereton Diaz definitely won’t be flying the flag either after Chile failed to qualify for the World Cup.

    But based on their appearances in the last international break and this one, talkSPORT.com runs through which Championship stars that could be in…

    • Riley McGree (Middlesbrough) – Australia
    • Bailey Wright (Sunderland) – Australia
    • Junior Hoilett (Reading) – Canada
    • Jewison Bennette (Sunderland) – Costa Rica
    • Benjamin Tetteh (Hull City) – Ghana
    • Baba Rahman (Reading/on loan from Chelsea) – Ghana
    • Andy Yiadom (Reading) – Ghana
    • Ilias Chair (QPR) – Morocco
    • Tim Krul (Norwich City) – Netherlands
    • Seny Dieng (QPR) – Senegal
    • Iliman Ndiaye (Sheffield United) – Senegal
    • Ismaila Sarr (Watford) – Senegal
    • Hannibal Mejbri (Birmingham City/on loan from Manchester United) – Tunisia
    • Ethan Horvath (Luton Town/on loan from Nottingham Forest) – USA
    • Josh Sargent (Norwich City) – USA
    • Jordan James (Birmingham City) – Wales
    • Connor Roberts (Burnley) – Wales
    • Rubin Colwill (Cardiff City) – Wales
    • Mark Harris (Cardiff City) – Wales
    • Sorba Thomas (Huddersfield Town) – Wales
    • Tyler Roberts (QPR/on loan from Leeds United) – Wales
    • Adam Davies (Sheffield United) – Wales
    • Rhys Norrington-Davies (Sheffield United) – Wales
    • Ben Cabango (Swansea City) – Wales
    • Joe Allen (Swansea City) – Wales

    Sarr is the standout player from the Championship probably heading to the World Cup

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    Sarr is the standout player from the Championship probably heading to the World Cup

    When will the EFL take a break for the World Cup?

    The Championship will be paused for almost a month like the Premier League during the World Cup in Qatar later this year.

    It will continue until matchday 21 on Saturday, November 12 and be restarted on Saturday, December 10 with a full round of fixtures.

    However, games in League One and League Two will continue when the tournament takes place between November 21 and December 18.

    Despite this, all three divisions are set to conclude on Saturday May 6 2023, with the full play-off dates not yet confirmed.

    Weghorst will be keen to leave Burnley to preserve his place in the Dutch squad

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    Weghorst will be keen to leave Burnley to preserve his place in the Dutch squad

    World Cup 2022: Key dates for finals

    The tournament will kick off on Monday, November 21 with the opening game seeing hosts Qatar take on Ecuador.

    England v Iran will be the second game of the tournament while holders Qatar will then face Ecuador. USA’s game against Wales will then round off the second day.

    The group stage will run until Friday, December 2 with four games per day being held.

    The first of the knockout games will then start the following day on Saturday, December 3.

    The final will be held at the 80,000-seater Lusail Iconic Stadium on Sunday, December 18.

    Watch the World Cup with talkSPORT

    At talkSPORT we are powered by fans, so come and join us for the ultimate World Cup fan experience this winter – at the talkSPORT Fan Zone.

    In a huge indoor venue under the arches at Waterloo in London, we’ll bring you live screenings of every World Cup game.

    There will be Q&As with talkSPORT talent, you’ll be part of our live broadcasts, and there will be plenty of food and drink on offer too.

    Come and enjoy the best World Cup fan experience in London – and enjoy a pint on us – with tickets for England and Wales’ group stage games on sale now HERE!

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