What Championship players could be at the World Cup? Gareth Bale would be highest profile after Cardiff transfer as Chile hero Ben Brereton Diaz misses out

The 2022/23 Championship season will begin earlier this year 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 several 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.

And it remains to be seen whether those from relegated Premier League teams taking their place will remain in the Championship.

Burnley striker Wout Weghorst and Watford’s Ismaila Sarr will both be mindful of being in Qatar when considering their futures this summer.

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, talkSPORT.com runs through which Championship stars that could be in…

  • Riley McGree (Middlesbrough) – Australia
  • Junior Hoilett (Reading) – Canada
  • Baba Rahman (Reading/on loan from Chelsea) – Ghana
  • Andy Yiadom (Reading) – Ghana
  • Seny Dieng (QPR) – Ghana
  • Wout Weghorst (Burnley) – Netherlands
  • Ilias Chair (QPR) – Morocco
  • Ismaila Sarr (Watford) – Senegal
  • Wayne Hennessey (Burnley) – Wales
  • Connor Roberts (Burnley) – Wales
  • Adam Davies (Sheffield United) – Wales
  • Rhys Norrington Davies (Sheffield United) – Wales
  • Joe Allen (Stoke City) – Wales


Bale could be the highest profile Championship player if he joins Cardiff

Bale could be the highest profile Championship player if he joins Cardiff

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 12th and be restarted on Saturday, December 10th 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 SaturdayMay 6th 2023, with the full playoff 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 21st with the opening game seeing AFCON champions Senegal taking on the Netherlands.

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 a hectic first 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.

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