Some of the Premier League’s most recognisable names will likely be strutting their stuff on the World Cup later this yr.
But neglect Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea. Did you realize there is also representatives of Luton Town, AFC Bournemouth and Cardiff hoping to make their identify on the largest stage of all?
Here are all of the Championship stars in competition for a World Cup spot…
You gained’t be stunned to study that it’s the house nations who will likely be greatest represented by Championship golf equipment in Qatar. Rob Page’s Wales squad will likely be headlined by two bonafide A-listers, Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey, however the dressing room will likely be distinctly extra Bournemouth than Bernabeu.
Kieffer Moore is more likely to lead the road for Wales. Chris Mepham and David Brooks – ought to he get better in time to characteristic – are all-but assured a seat on the airplane too. Cardiff City trio Will Vaulks, Rubin Colwill and Mark Harris may even be in competition. So would possibly children Isaak Davies and Eli King, ought to they keep their current on the Cardiff City Stadium.
Then there’s Derby County captain Tom Lawrence. Plus Fulham duo Harry Wilson and Neco Williams, Sorba Thomas of Huddersfield Town, Tom Lockyer of Luton, Rhys Norrington-Davies of Sheffield United, Ben Cabango of Swansea City, Brennan Johnson of Nottingham Forest and, after all, Joe Allen of Stoke.
Tom Bradshaw, in the meantime, not too long ago introduced his intention to combat for a spot in Page’s final-23 after an excellent season at Millwall (News at Den).
Wales have already booked their ticket for the so-called Festival of Football. Whether Scotland be a part of them stays to be seen. Steve Clarke’s aspect face Ukraine in a long-awaited play-off in June.
Steve Clarke’s Scotland
Succeed and supporters from Giffnock to Glasgow will likely be cheering on Bournemouth’s former Celtic schemer Ryan Christie, Forest stopper Scott McKenna and veteran QPR ‘keeper David Marshall. Lyndon Dykes and Oli McBurnie may go head-to-head for a beginning spot up prime. But possibly Clarke will spring a shock and go along with the cell Jacob Brown, contemporary of his most prolific marketing campaign so far at Stoke.
John Fleck’s hopes of a spot within the Scotland squad, in the meantime, will likely be given a sizeable enhance if the Blades safe a return to the Premier League.
South of the border, there’s one member of Gareth Southgate’s roster who performed his soccer within the second-tier in 2021/22. Not that the out-of-contract Sam Johnstone goes to stay round for an additional season at West Brom, his contract expiring in July.
If included, Johnstone will likely be watching on from the sidelines as England face off towards a USA aspect probably containing Tim Ream and Antonee Robinson (each Fulham) and £7 million Daryl Dike (West Brom). Ethan Horvath is the United States’ back-up choice behind Zack Steffen. Canada’s first ever World Cup may see Richie Laryea, additionally of Forest, characteristic.
There will likely be no Ben Brereton Diaz. Chile didn’t qualify. But one other of the Championship’s most free-scoring forwards will be in Qatar. Aleksandr Mitrovic is simply as prolific for his nation (Serbia, 44 objectives in 71 caps) as he’s for his membership.
World Cup hopefuls
Bristol City’s Antoine Semenyo not too long ago modified his worldwide allegiance to Ghana.
Viktor Gyokeres (Coventry and Sweden), Emil Riis (Preston and Denmark) and Philip Billing (Bournemouth and Denmark) will hope that their glorious current kind stands them in good stead too. Ditto Kenny Tete (Fuham and Netherlands) and Filip Uremovic (Sheffield United and Croatia).
And, who is aware of, if Fulham wonderkid Fabio Carvalho makes a flying begin to life at Liverpool, possibly there will likely be a spot in Portugal’s midfield up for grabs.
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