China announce squad for 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup

BEIJING, Jan.11 (Xinhua) – China on Tuesday announced a 23-woman squad that will travel to India for the 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup, with several veterans returning to the roster.

China has been preparing for the tournament at a training camp since last December, under the guidance of new head coach Shui Qingxia. The Chinese side will visit India on January 15.

In relation to China’s roster for the Tokyo Olympics, several veterans have returned to the squad, including Li Ying, Zhao Lina and Li Jiayue.

The team exhibits a strong mix of experience and energy, ranging from 20 (Zhang Linyan) to 32 (Zhang Rui).

“Thank you for this opportunity, I will accept this challenge and do my best to accomplish our mission and live up to the expectations,” said seasoned forward Li Ying, who returns to the squad after a two-year absence. .

The 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup takes place in India from January 20 to February 6.

China is in Group A along with Chinese Taipei, Iran and host India.

Group B is made up of Australia, Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia, while defending champions Japan sit in Group C along with South Korea, Vietnam and Myanmar.

The top five teams outside of Australia will qualify directly for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup which will be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

The Chinese list of 23 women is as follows:

Head Coach: Shui Qingxia

Goalkeepers: Zhu Yu, Xu Huan, Zhao Lina;

Defenders: Wang Xiaoxue, Yao Lingwei, Li Mengwen, Li Jiayue, Gao Chen, Lou Jiahui, Li Ying;

Midfielder: Yao Wei, Ma Jun, Liu Yanqiu, Wu Chengshu, Yang lina, Zhang Xin, Xiao Yuyi, Wang Yanwen, Zhang Rui, Tang Jiali;

Forwards: Wang Shuang, Wang Shanshan, Zhang Linyan.

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