LONDON United Kingdom (Xinhua) --
A total of nine players from the Chinese Super
League will be competing at the Russia World Cup although China
have not qualified for the world’s biggest football tournament,
according to the list of players for the 32 Russia-bound teams
announced by FIFA on Monday.
Belgium, who were
drawn in Group G with England, Panama and Tunisia, have two
midfielders from the Chinese Super League.
They are Axel Witsel
from Tianjin Quanjian and former Monaco and Atletico Madrid
player Yannick Carrasco.
Witsel, who had
spells in Benfica and Zenit, joined Tianjin Quanjian in 2017 and
Carrasco has scored three goals in nine appearances since
joining northeast China’s Dalian Yifang last February.
The Chinese league
also produced two players for Super Eagles Nigeria.
The 29-year-old striker Odion Ighalo, who moved from English
Premier League side Watford to Changchun Yatai last year, joins
Tianjin Teda midfielder John Obi Mikel, who played for Chelsea
from 2006-1017, in the national team in Russia.
Fortune’s Javier Mascherano, who used to play for West Ham
United, Liverpool and Barcelona, has made the Argentine team,
who were beaten by Germany in the World Cup final in Rio four
Beijing Guoan midfielder
Renato Augusto, who had spells in Bayer Leverkusen and
Corinthians, is the only Chinese Super League player to be
selected into Brazil as former Chelsea striker Oscar and his
Shanghai SIPG teammate Hulk were both left out of the
star-studded five-time World Cup winners.
Portugal also have one representative from the Chinese league in
Jose Fonte, who joined Dalian Yifang on February 23, 2018 for a
reported fee of five million pounds (seven million U.S. dollars)
after playing in the English Premier League for ten years in
Crystal Palace, Southampton and West Ham United.
Guangzhou R&F’s new
signing Dusko Tosic has made the Serbia squad.
The former Besiktas defender has played for his country for 23
matches and scored one goal.
Kim Younggwon, who
won two Asian Champions League titles with Guangzhou Evergrande,
will play his first World Cup with South Korea after leading his
country to the bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games.