China has named an under-strength squad for its last 2007 Asian Cup
qualifying match against Iraq as all Europe-based players and ace defender Li
Weifeng were dropped.
Energie Cottbus midfielder Shao Jiayi, Royal Antwerp striker Dong Fangzhuo
and Manchester City defender Sun Jihai are among the notable absentees from the
26-man roster announced by the Chinese Football Association (CFA) late on
Li Weifeng, the defensive backbone of the 2004 Asian Cup runner-up, will also
have to miss the November 15 game in Changsha, the capital of central China's
Hunan province, as he is serving a ban which rules him out of national duty
until the end of this year.
The Chinese team will gather in a national training base in Guangdong
province from November 4-16, said the CFA.
Both China and Iraq have already qualified for the 2007 Asian Cup finals, to
be co-hosted by Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam.
Goalkeepers: Li Leilei, Zhang Lu, Yang Zhi;
Defenders: Ji Mingyi, Zhang Yaokun, Xu Liang, Xu Yunlong, Sun Xiang, Wu
Wei'an, Feng Xiaoting, Zhao Jialin;
Midfielders: Zheng Zhi, Zhou Haibin, Zhao Xuri, Zhao Junzhe, Cao Yang, Jiang
Kun, Wang Dong, Chen Tao, Du Zhenyu, Zheng Bin;
Forwards: Li Jinyu, Han Peng, Mao Jianqing, Gao Lin, Zhu