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  Foreign Premiership stars head for World Cup
Updated 17 April 2002, 14.08
Patrick Vieira
Although England and Ireland will grab most of the headlines during the World Cup, their players aren't the only ones from the Premiership playing in Korea and Japan.

There are loads of other players from England's top league playing in the World Cup, and some will even get further than England.

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Even without the injured Robert Pires, France's collection of Premiership allstars will be hard to stop from retaining their title.

Freddie Ljungberg
Ljungberg will be starring for Sweden
Arsenal trio Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Sylvain Wiltord will be hoping to get their hands on the World Cup trophy, while team mates Freddie Ljungberg and Nwankwo Kanu may be looking forward to facing England.

Arsenal aren't the only team packed with Premiership players off to the World Cup, with most of the Liverpool squad sure to be brushing up on their Japanese too.

As well as England stars like Michael Owen and Steven Gerrard, Reds fans will also be able to cheer on goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek, midfielder Dietmar Hamann and striker Nicolas Anelka - as long as they're not playing against England or Ireland.

United sending loads of stars

Manchester United also have their fair share of non-UK international stars, with French internationals Fabian Barthez and Mikael Silvestre likely to go, as well as South Africa's Quinton Fortune.

Ruud Van Nistelrooy
Van Nistelrooy will be staying at home
But goal machines Ruud Van Nistelrooy and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer won't be going, because neither Holland or Norway qualified for the World Cup.

They're not the only Premiership stars to miss out, with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink another victim of Hollands non-qualification.

And Czech Republic quartet Vladimir Smicer, Patrick Berger, Milan Baros and Thomas Repka will also have to watch their club mates from their living rooms.

It's not just the title challengers who have players eyeing international call ups.

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Leicester City's Muzzy Izzet may be lining up for Turkey against four-time winners Brazil, while Bolton's on-loan star Youri Djorkaeff still hopes to be in the French squad.

And Sunderland's on-loan forward Patrick Mboma is the key man for Cameroon, after top-scoring in their African Cup of Nations triumph.

Like Sunderland, Derby County have a key international forward in their squad, the Belgian striker Branko Strupar, who has returned from injury just in time for the tournament.

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