The 2022/23 Championship season will kick off earlier this year to host a first-ever Winter World Cup.
While the majority of the stars playing in England who will be on the plane to Qatar come from the Premier League, the country’s second division will also have several representatives.
The main international players present in the Championship last season from Fulham, Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest have all been promoted.
This includes Serbian Aleksandar Mitrovic, Danish midfielder Philip Billing and Welsh starlet Brennan Johnson.
And it remains to be seen whether those from relegated Premier League sides who take their place will remain in the Championship.
Burnley striker Wout Weghorst and Watford’s Ismaila Sarr will both be aware of being in Qatar as they consider their future this summer.
While Blackburn’s cult hero Ben Brereton Diaz will certainly not be flying the flag either after Chile failed to qualify for the World Cup.
But based on their appearances during the latest international break, talkSPORT.com takes a look at the Championship stars who 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 (RPQ) – 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
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When will the EFL take a break for the World Cup?
The Championship will be on hiatus for almost a month like the Premier League at the World Cup in Qatar later this year.
It will continue until the 21st day Saturday November 12 and be restarted on saturday 10 december with a full round of light fixtures.
However, Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 matches will continue when the tournament takes place between November 21 and December 18.
Despite this, the three divisions should conclude the Saturday May 6 2023, with full play-off dates not yet confirmed.
2022 World Cup: key dates for the finals
The tournament will start on monday november 21 the opening match saw CAN champions Senegal take on the Netherlands.
England v Iran will be the second game of the tournament while holders Qatar next face Ecuador. The United States match against Wales will then close an eventful first day.
The group stage will run until Friday, December 2 with four matches per day.
The first of the knockout matches will then begin the next day, Saturday, December 3.
The final will take place at the 80,000 seat Lusail Iconic Stadium on Sunday, December 18.
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