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Four Championship players to watch out for at the World Cup

Thursday 14th June 2018

Four Championship players to watch out for at the World Cup

The World Cup is nearly upon us and it will be a great opportunity for Championship players to impress a wide audience and put themselves in the shop window. There are always players who surprise everyone at major tournaments, earning big money following their personal success. There are various footballers from the English second tier who will be on show in Russia. Here's our pick of the bunch.

Jackson Irvine

The Hull City midfielder is hoping to make a name for himself at the World Cup with Australia. He joined the Tigers last summer after having an impressive campaign with Burton Albion the year previous. Irvine adapted well to life at the KCOM Stadium and became a first-team regular for them under both their managers last season; Leonid Slutsky and Nigel Adkins. Prior to moving to England in 2016 to join Burton, Irvine was well-travelled, playing for the likes of Melbourne Victory, Celtic, Kilmarnock and Ross County. He has earned 18 caps for the Socceroos. Russia 2018 will be his first major tournament.

Sam Morsy

The 25-year-old will be at the World Cup with Egypt. He was a key player for Wigan Athletic as they won the League One title last season under Paul Cook. Morsy will be a Championship player in the next campaign and is currently looking forward to travelling to Russia with his country. He had spells with Port Vale, Chesterfield and Barnsley before joining Wigan in 2016. Despite being born in Wolverhampton, Morsy is eligible to play for Egypt through his dad. Since making his debut in August 2016 against Guinea, Morsy has gone onto earn four more caps. He is hoping to line-up alongside stars like Mo Salah, Ahmed Hegazi and Mohamed Elneny.

Birkir Bjarnason

Iceland defied the odds to qualify for the tournament and will be excited for their first ever World Cup this summer. Arguably, their key player is Aston Villa’s Birkir Bjarnason, who has made 67 caps for them to date. The 30-year-old is hoping to impress at the tournament and earn a move away from Villa. The Midlands club failed to gain promotion to the Premier League last season and may have to sell players to balance their books. Bjarnason has played for the Midlands club since January 2017, but has not been used as a first-team regular. He has previously played for Viking, Standard Liege, Pescara, Sampdoria and FC Basel.

Cheikh N’Doye

Senegal are seen as potential dark horses for the World Cup due to having some great players like Sadio Mane and Kalidou Koulibaly in their ranks. There is also Birmingham City’s Cheikh N’Doye, who's an experienced international, with 22 caps to his name. The 32-year-old is hoping to get some game time under his belt in what will probably the last chance he will get to play at a major tournament. N’Doye joined Birmingham last summer from French side Angers and played 40 games for the Blues last season under three different managers, Harry Redknapp, Steve Cotterill and Garry Monk. He was a key player for them as they managed to stay up in the Championship and still has another year left on his contract. All being well, he should remain a Blues player in 2018/19.

Harry Mail

A big Hull City fan from Manchester. Keep an eye on leagues across Europe, the MLS and non-league in England.


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