Chinese fans hold a national flag as they cheer for the Chinese national team during an international friendly football match between China and India in Suzhou in China's eastern Jiangsu province on Oct 13, 2018. (PHOTO / AFP)
BEIJING — The Chinese men's soccer team announced a 24-man squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Maldives here on Saturday.
Elkeson became the first player without Chinese heritage to be called up for international duty
Wu Lei, who plays for Spanish La Liga club Espanyol, and other 11 players from the Chinese Super League's Guangzhou Evergrande and Shanghai SIPG will join the national team and coach Marcello Lippi as they take on Maldives.
Guangzhou Evergrande striker Elkeson, who became the first player without Chinese heritage to be called up for international duty, is on the team list for China's visiting against Maldives next Tuesday.
Following is the squad:
Forwards: Wu Lei, Elkeson, Yang Liyu, Wei Shihao, Yang Xu, Zhang Xizhe
Midfileders: Zheng Zhi, Wu Xi, Hao Junmin, Chi Zhongguo, Xu Xin, Li Ke, Yao Junsheng
Defenders: Zhang Linpeng, Wang Gang, Zhu Chenjie, He Guan, Gao Zhunyi, Li Lei, Li Shuai, Shi Ke
Goalkeepers: Yan Junling, Wang Dalei, Zhang Lu
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