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FIFA World Cup: EFL players in Russia

The EFL players to look out for this summer

12 June 2018

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is on the horizon, and there are a host of EFL players who will be representing their respective nations in Russia.

Gareth Southgate's England squad may be full to the brim of players with EFL experience under their belts, but there are plenty of other league representatives heading to the tournament this summer.

The players listed below either featured in the EFL during the 2017/18 season, or currently represent one of the three clubs relegated from the Premier League – Stoke City, Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion.

Group A

  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Egypt – Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa), Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion*), Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic)
  • Uruguay

Group B

  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Morocco – Romain Saiss (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
  • Iran – Ashkan Dejagah (Nottingham Forest)

Group C

  • France
  • Australia – Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa), Jackson Irvine (Hull City), James Meredith, Tim Cahill (both Millwall), Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers)
  • Peru
  • Denmark – Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford), Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich Town), Martin Braithwaite (Middlesbrough)

Group D

  • Argentina
  • Iceland – Birkir Bjarnason (Aston Villa), Hordur Magnusson (Bristol City), Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City), Jon Dadi Bodvarsson (Reading)
  • Croatia
  • Nigeria – Oghenekaro Etebo (Stoke City*)

Group E

  • Brazil
  • Switzerland – Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City*)
  • Costa Rica – Bryan Oviedo (Sunderland)
  • Serbia – Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham – loan)

Group F

  • Germany
  • Mexico
  • Sweden – Sebastian Larsson (Hull City), Pontus Jansson (Leeds United), Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Martin Olsson (both Swansea City*)
  • South Korea – Ki Sung-Yeung (Swansea City*)

Group G

Group H

  • Poland – Kamil Grosicki (Hull City), Bartosz Bialkowski (Ipswich Town), Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea City*)
  • Senegal – Badou Ndiaye, Mame Biriam Diouf (both Stoke City*), Cheikh N'Doye (Birmingham City)
  • Colombia
  • Japan

*Relegated from the 2017/18 Premier League.

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