The World Cup is now underway and four Nottingham Forest players will hope to take centre stage today.

England play Iran at lunchtime today with Wales playing the USA tonight in the same group.

Elsewhere Senegal take on Holland and we took a look at the Forest links that might be worth keeping an eye out for in today’s games.

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Four Reds in action

There could be a quintet of Forest stars making an impact on the World Cup later today.

First, Cheikhou Kouyate will hope to star for Senegal when they face Holland in Group A.

The midfield maestro has been a standout performer for the Reds this season and he goes into the tournament in form.

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Kouyate signed for Forest on a free transfer in the summer and his experience has been vital.

The 32-year-old has already collected 82 caps for his country and he will hope to add to that hail today.

Elsewhere, World Cup fever is through the roof in Wales.

Neco Williams and Wayne Hennessey should both get the nod to start for Rob Page’s team in their opening game.

Brennan Johnson could be sweating, however.

He’s in competition with several decent attackers and his place in the starting eleven is harder to anticipate.

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Dean Henderson was left out of the England squad but some Forest interest could come from the opposition.

Karim Ansarifard will hope to play for Iran this afternoon when the Three Lions play Iran.

The 32-year-old talisman currently plays for Omonia Nicosia and has a goal against Manchester United to his name this season.

Iran are likely to defend for 90 minutes against England but he could be the focal point of their counter-attacking strategy.

Any other business

Ethan Horvath is on loan from Forest at Luton and his strong form earned him a place in the USA squad.

It remains to be seen whether he gets the nod to play this evening when his country takes on Wales.

There are a few other ex-Reds who will be hoping to play for Wales.

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Jonny Williams and Aaron Ramsey are in contention for a place, with both players spending some of their careers on loan at Forest.

See also, Chris Gunter who remains integral to Wales after already collecting 109 caps.

Elsewhere, Cody Gakpo was heavily linked with Forest in the summer and should play for Holland this afternoon.

Yunus Musah was the subject of a rejected £25 million bid by Forest in the summer.

He could play a starring role for the States at this World Cup.

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