Wu Lei is not forgetting China

The China national side is back in action this week under new coach Fabio Cannavaro in the China Cup. Although they will have to do without their star player Wu Lei who has started well in La Liga. 

Wu Lei has not forgotten China

At the weekend the Chinese star suffered defeat for the first time in La Liga with his team Espanyol losing 1-0 to Sevilla. The 27-year-old played the full 90 minutes in this match but that is not what caught the attention of the Chinese media.

The thing that caught the eye of the China media is the backpack that the attacker carries which shows he's not forgotten his country. This is due to the player travelling with a small bag to every game which carries the cress of his national side.

It should be said the media in China did talk about the game and highlighted that Wu Lei was the best option in a poor match of the Catalonian side. Then despite the Chinese bias, it should be pointed out that the player started well to life in Catalan.

A new attack for China

Away from Wu Lei, the China national side could have a new attack although Cannavaro did not make huge changes to the national side. This was seen with the Italian once again calling up Feng Xiaoting, Zhang Linpeng and Hao Junmin. 

One of the main talking points in the Chinese media was Feng Xiaoting the Guangzhou Evergrande defender being in the squad. This is due to his poor performances recently although it is felt he's started the season well with his club. He even picked up a goal in his clubs first match of the season in a 3-0 win over Tianjin Tianhai.

As a defender, it should be pointed out the players also picked up two clean sheets in a row in the CSL too. 

Away from the defence, it is time to see who will be in the attack in the place of Wu Lei.  It is expected the side will go with three attackers. The strike force could then be Wei Shihao, Lü Wenjen and Dong Xuesheng. 

This will be an interesting new look strike force as between them they have a total of ten caps for China. Meanwhile, Lü Wenjen as never had a first team game for his country. The striker did play four times for the Under-23 side though at the Asian Games in 2010.

The new boss though is picking players he thinks will do well and in Lü Wenjen he's got a player on form. This is seen with the attacker picking up a goal in each of his sides Shanghai SIPG league matches this season. He also scored in the Super Cup win over Beijing Guoan at the start of the season.

It will be interesting to see how this China team does as we start a new era for the country.

Here is the 23-man China PR squad for the upcoming competition: 

Goalkeepers: Zang Cheng (Guangzhou Evergrande), Wang Dalei (Shandong Luneng), Yan Junling (Shanghai SIPG)

Defenders: Feng Xiaoting (Guangzhou Evergrande), Zhang Linpeng (Guangzhou Evergrande), Jiang Zhipeng (Hebei China Fortune), Liu Yiming (Guangzhou Evergrande), Fu Huan (Shanghai SIPG), Gao Zhunyi (Guangzhou Evergrande), Li Ang (Jiangsu Suning), Li Lei (Beijing Guoan)

Midfielders: Hao Junmin (Shandong Luneng), Wu Xi (Jiangsu Suning), Zhang Xizhe (Beijing Guoan), Wang Yongpo (Tianjin Tianhai), He Chao (Guangzhou Evergrande), Peng Xinli (Chongqing Lifan), Zhang Xiuwei (Guangzhou Evergrande)

Forwards: Wei Shihao (Guangzhou Evergrande), Dong Xuesheng (Hebei China Fortune), Tan Long (Changchun Yatai), Lu Wenjen (Shanghai SIPG), Xie Pengfei (Jiangsu Suning) 

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