China announce 25 man World Cup qualifier squad

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China have announced their World Cup qualifying squad already for their qualifier against Syria on November 15th. A 25 man squad has been named for the crucial qualifier.

China is going all out for the win in a vital match

China dropped points away to the Philippines, and Syria did not, in fact, Syria hasn't dropped any points yet. As the two sides who everyone predicted would be dominating this group find their way to the top of the table.

China now finds itself needing to defeat Syria to stand any chance of topping the group. The game is officially an away fixture for the Chinese but will take place at the Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium, in Dubai, UAE for very obvious reasons.

Syria has cleverly selected a location where they are likely to see a big following still backing them, in an attempt to make it into some kind of 'home fixture' regardless. If Syria wins this, then China will have a mountain to climb if they are to get automatic qualification to the third and final qualifying round by winning the group.

However, China does have the lifeline of most likely collecting one of the four spots available to the best four runners up, this is because China's group isn't that competitive meaning the second-placed side should pick up a good haul of points. As things currently stand, China is top of the second-placed sides and that is unlikely to change.

Saudi Arabia is currently the bottom-placed second-in-the-group side, and a lot of that is down to how competitive their group is, and the fact they have a been a bit below par, for their usual standard. The way the format is, with the best four runners up getting into the third round, China must be thanking their lucky stars or red paper envelope that they got the group they did. 

China squad, including Elkeson (Ai Kesen) and Nico Yennaris (Li Ke) 

China's 25 man squad will take part in an intensive training camp before they fly out to Dubai for their match with Syria. The squad is listed below:

Beijing Sinobo Guo'an: Chi Zhongguo, Li Ke, Li Lei, Wang Gang, Wang Ziming, Zhang Xizhe

Espanyol: Wu Lei

Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao: Ai Kesen, Wei Shihao, Xu Xin, Zeng Cheng, Zhang Linpeng, Zheng Zhi

Jiangsu Suning: Ji Xiang, Wu Xi

Shandong Luneng: Hao Junmin, Liu Binbin, Liu Yang, Wang Dalei, Zheng Zheng

Shanghai Greenland Shenhua: Zhu Chenjie

Shanghai SIPG: Yan Junling

Tianjin Teda: Mirahmetjan Muzepper, Yang Fan

Tianjin Tianhai: Yang Xu

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