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FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: China name five naturalised players in 26-man squad ahead of critical fixtures
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FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: China name five naturalised players in 26-man squad ahead of critical fixtures

China, who have big ambitions but are perennial underachievers ranked 77th in the world, began drafting in players born overseas in 2019 in a quick fix to reach the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

China include three foreign-born players in national squad for first time as team gets ready for 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers
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China include three foreign-born players in national squad for first time as team gets ready for 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers

China has included three naturalised players in the national squad for the first time as coach Li Tie has gathered the side in Shanghai for training.

2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Brazil-born Elkeson expects more naturalised foreign players in China squad in future
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2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Brazil-born Elkeson expects more naturalised foreign players in China squad in future

He may be the first, but Brazil-born striker Elkeson believes he will not be the only foreign player to be naturalised during China’s attempt to secure World Cup qualification for the first time in almost two decades.

2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Brazil-born striker Elkeson hopes to repay China's 'love and care' by firing team into showpiece event
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2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Brazil-born striker Elkeson hopes to repay China's 'love and care' by firing team into showpiece event

Brazilian-born striker Elkeson said he wants to fire China to the World Cup after he became the first footballer without Chinese ancestry to be named in the national squad.

Brazil-born Elkeson set to become first player without Chinese heritage to represent China ahead of 2022 World Cup qualifiers
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Brazil-born Elkeson set to become first player without Chinese heritage to represent China ahead of 2022 World Cup qualifiers

The inclusion of Elkeson will give Lippi added firepower in attack as China prepare to take on Syria, the Philippines, the Maldives and Guam in group A of the second round of Asia’s qualifying tournament for the World Cup finals