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Lippi announces his latest squad for upcoming qualifiers against Korea and Iran

China, sitting in last place in its World Cup Qualifying group, will take on the two sides leading the group in the next fortnight and Marcello Lippi has just released his 25 man squad for the matches against Korea and Iran.

The schedule sees China host Korea in Changsha on the 23rd and then travel to Tehran to face off against group leading Iran on the 28th. At this point, China is all but eliminated, needing to basically win all their remaining matches if they have any hope of making it to Russia next year.

Lippi is sticking to a squad very similar to what he used in the China Cup that kicked off 2017, sticking with surprise call ups like Deng Hanwen and Yin Hongbo  and once again leaving Zhang Chengdong and Sun Ke at home, the most glaring names to be left off the list. Here is the roster:

Goalkeepers: Zeng Cheng (Evergrande), Wang Dalei (Shandong), Yan Junling (SIPG)

Defense: Feng Xiaoting (Evergrande), Zhang Linpeng (Evergrande), Mei Fang (Evergrande), Jiang Zhipeng (R&F), Ren Hang (Hebei), Zhao Mingjian (Hebei), Deng Hanwen (Beijing Renhe)

Midfield: Zheng Zhi (Evergrande), Huang Bowen (Evergrande), Wu Xi (Jiangsu), Cao Yunding (Shenhua), Cai Huikang (SIPG), Yin Hongbo (Hebei), Zhang Xizhe (Guoan), Hao Junmin (Shandong), Wang Yongpo (Hebei), Fan Xiaodong (Changchun)

Forwards: Gao Lin (Evergrande), Wu Lei (SIPG), Yu Hai (SIPG),  Yu Dabao (Guoan), Zhang Yuning (Vitesse)

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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