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Perrin sticks to the script when putting together 23 man squad for upcoming qualifiers

Despite some new additions and returns to his 45 man roster, most notably Zhang Xizhe, Alain Perrin has stuck to his guns for the 23 man roster that will take on Hong Kong and Maldives next month.

The roster remains heavily Guangzhou Evergrande players, with eight coming from that side, including the return of Zheng Long to the national team. The only new addition is Henan Jianye’s Bi Jinhao, the 24 year old is having a solid season, scoring four goals so far and is now getting his first shot at appearing for the national team.

Despite Guangzhou R&F’s struggles to stay up, defenders Jiang Zhipeng and Yu Yang are included in Perrin’s setup over Beijing Guoan’s Lei Tenglong, who was a key defender in the East Asian Cup.

The full roster for the upcoming matches is as follows:
Guangzhou Evergrande: Zheng Zhi, Zeng Cheng, Yu Hanchao, Zhang Linpeng, Mei Fang, Gao Lin, Zou Zheng, Zheng Long

Jiangsu Sainty: Ren Hang, Wu Xi, Sun Ke, Liu Jianye

Shanghai SIPG: Wu Lei, Cai Huiken, Yan Junhou

Shandong Luneng: Yang Xu, Wang Yongpo, Wang Dalei

Guangzhou R&F: Yu Yang, Jiang Zhipeng

Henan Jianye: Bi Jinhao

Beijing Guoan: Yu Dabao

Rayo Vallecano: Zhang Chengdong

Brandon Chemers aka B. Cheng aka A Modern Lei Feng – is a name which may be familiar to many in the Chinese blogosphere. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief for Wild East Football and is one of the lonely souls writing about Chinese football in English for the last 10 years. Chemers' credentials are second to none – his former blog focused not only on the fortunes of his beloved Beijing Guoan FC, but a multitude of other aspects of Beijing life. He’s deservedly built a reputation in the Chinese blogosphere as an insightful observer of not only Chinese football, but also the wider picture of life in modern China and its many layers. For WEF, beyond writing about Guoan, he often focuses on fan culture and the business of Chinese football.

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