Nottingham Forest are back in the Premier League and some players in the squad will have one eye on the World Cup.

The Reds have recruited a host of new faces this summer and Evangelos Marinakis has showcased serious ambition.

Forest have several members of their squad who will be desperate to get themselves on a plane to Qatar in November.

Ahead of the inaugural winter World Cup, we looked at five players who will be desperate to hold down a place in the team during the first half of 2022/23.

Five Nottingham Forest stars who will have their eyes on the World Cup:

Remo Freuler

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The Switzerland player already has 46 Switzerland caps to his name and he will want to add to them.

Freuler starred for his country at Euro 2020 as his country stunned France before losing to Spain.

The former Atalanta player cost Forest £7.5 million and Gian Piero Gasperini didn’t really want to lose him.

Freuler arrived at Forest after the season had begun and as a result, he will want to get himself into the team as quickly as possible.

Dean Henderson

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Nothing against Brice Samba, Dorus de Vries and Lee Camp but Henderson looks like the best goalkeeper that Forest have had for a long, long time.

The Manchester United-owned player was in the Euro 2020 squad but was forced to pull out.

That will have hurt him and now he faces a real fight to get himself back into Gareth Southgate’s plans.

Henderson made seven saves at Everton last weekend and on the face of things he looks like a good bet to make the England squad this winter.

Brennan Johnson

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Although the 21-year-old is Forest’s main man when it comes to boasting match-winning quality he’s not quite a regular with Wales just yet.

Still, he should make the squad and that will at least give him some confidence for the season ahead.

Johnson opened his top-flight account at Everton last weekend and he should score goals this season.

A strong first half of the season could see the academy graduate earn a starting berth in the Wales team.

Cheikhou Kouyate

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The Senegalese star was a big part of the squad that won the most recent AFCON and he could be in World Cup contention.

Just a fortnight ago, however, he was without a club and he must have thought his chances were dwindling.

Now, he will be firmly back in contention to make the squad, although he will need to be playing football.

Kouyate made a good start to life at Forest in their 3-0 win over Grimsby and he’ll need more of the same to add to his 82 caps.

Orel Mangala

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The talented youngster was brilliant against West Ham and Everton and he looks really shrewd signing.

The one-cap player has the world at his feet and he will be desperate to make the Belgium squad.

With some seriously talented midfielders in the squad, it won’t be easy for Mangala to gatecrash the part.

Regular action in the Premier League with Forest would help though and it will be interesting to see if he makes the cut.

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