EFL at the World Cup 2018

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With the world cup squad announcements just around the corner, we take a look at the potential EFL representatives on show at Russia.

Having used those who have been previously capped by their country, there is a total of 35 players who featured in the EFL this season who could potentially be boarding the plane to Russia. Of those 35 players, 33 of them come from the championship, 2 from League One and, using capped players only, it appears no League Two players will be on show in Russia. This could all change when the squads are announced, however.

Of the 32 nations at the World Cup, 13 of them have the opportunity to call up an EFL based player. Australia have the strongest EFL contingent, with a potential 7 players coming from the football league. Next up is Senegal, Denmark and Iceland, who have 4 potential EFL representatives to choose from.

In terms of which clubs have the most potential representation, Hull City have 5 players in contention to be picked for the World Cup, promoted Cardiff City have 4, and Wolves, Aston Villa and Bristol City all have 3 potential names on the plane.

For a full breakdown of the potential EFL representatives at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, see below.

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Australia (7 potential EFL call ups)
Bailey Wright – Bristol City – Defender – 23 caps
Ryan McGowan – Bradford City – Defender – 20 caps
James Meredith – Millwall – Defender – 2 caps
Mile Jedinak (captain) – Aston Villa – Midfielder – 75 caps
Massimo Luongo – QPR – Midfeilder – 34 caps
Jackson Irvine – Hull – Midfielder – 17 caps
Tim Cahill – Millwall – Striker – 105 caps

Senegal (4 potential EFL call ups)
Famara Diedhiou – Bristol City – Striker – 6 caps
Armand Traore – Cardiff – Defender – 5 caps
Chiekh N’Doye – Birmingham – Midfeilder – 21 caps
Alfred N’Diaye – Wolves – Midfilder – 12 caps

Denmark (4 potential EFL call ups)
Andraes Bjelland – Brentford – Defender – 28 caps
Henrik Dalsgaard – Brentford – Defender – 10 caps
Jonas Knudsen – Ipswich – Defender – 3 caps
Kenneth Zohore – Cardiff – Striker – 20 caps

Iceland (4 potetial EFL call ups)
Hordur Magnusson – Bristol City – Defender – 15 caps
Aron Gunnarsson (captain) – Cardiff – Midfielder – 77 caps
Birkir Bjarnason – Aston Villa – Midfielder – 65 caps
Jon Dadi Bodvarsson – Reading – Striker – 36 caps

Poland (3 potential EFL call ups)
Bartosz Bailkowski – Ipswich – Goalkeeper – 1 cap
Kamil Grosicki – Hull – Winger – 56 caps
Pawel Wszolek – QPR – Winger – 11 caps

Portugal (2 potential EFL call ups)
Ruben Neves – Wolves – Midfielder – 5 caps
Nelson Oliveira – Norwich – Striker – 17 caps

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Serbia (2 potential EFL call ups)
Marko Grujic – Cardiff – Midfielder – 6 caps
Aleksandar Mitrovic – Fulham – Striker – 35 caps

Sweden (2 potential EFL call ups)
Pontus Jansson – Leeds – Defender – 14 caps
Seb Larsson – Hull – Midfielder – 98 caps

Iran (1 potential EFL call up)
Ashkan Dejagah – Nottingham Forest – Winger – 44 caps

Morroco (1 potential EFL call up)
Romain Saiss – Wolves – Midfeilder – 18 caps

Nigeria (1 potential EFL call up)
Ola Aina – Hull – Defender – 4 caps

Costa Rica (1 potential EFL call up)
Bryan Oviedo – Sunderland – Defender – 31 caps

Uruguay (1 potential EFL call up)
Abel Hernandez – Hull City – Striker – 27 caps

This is of course only those who have had international caps in the past, so there could be a few more surprises if any uncapped players are named. Of course, England could be added to this list if this World Cup’s wildcard is to be 17 year old Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham.

The World Cup is the spectacle of football, the greatest stage of them all, and for the Championship to have so many representatives, it really speaks volumes about the level of quality on show in the lower leagues of English football.