China has actually consisted of three naturalized players in the national squad for the very first time as coach Li Tie has gathered the side in Shanghai for training.

Titan Sports reported Brazil-born Elkeson and Aloisio, and previous Arsenal player Nico Yennaris, who was born in England, signed up with the camp as China starts preparations for 2022 World Cup qualifiers held off in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Elkeson was the very first player of non-Chinese heritage to be called when he played in 2015 while Yennaris, who played for England’s youth teams, has a Chinese mom and accepted citizenship in 2015. Another Brazil-born gamer, Alan Carvalho, was also in Li’s plans however the 30-year-old forward is awaiting travel constraints to be reduced before he can leave Brazil and return to China. The national group is set to play two friendly matches versus Chinese Super League groups Shanghai Greenland Shenhua and Shanghai SIPG.