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Wang Fei named in China PR squad following Zhao Lina’s retirement


Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Wang Fei-China PR

Beijing: Former Steel Roses number one and FC Bayern Munich recruit Wang Fei has been named in China PR’s Algarve Cup squad just days after the surprise international retirement of fellow goalkeeper Zhao Lina.


Zhao, who played all four of China PR’s matches at the 2016 Rio Olympics, revealed she was stepping away for national team duties via social media after regularly featuring for the national team since making her debut in 2015.



Zhao, 26, also played in all three matches at the EAFF E-1 Championship in December, but featured just once in January’s Four Nations Tournament in Foshan.



Wang Fei, who herself retired from international follow during Bruno Bini’s reign as China PR coach in 2016, returns to the national team’s goalkeeping ranks alongside Lu Feifei and 19-year-old Peng Shimeng.

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Head coach Siggi Eyjolfsson’s team appear more settled in the outfield positions, with key first-team players Wang Shuang, Wang Shanshan, Ren Guixin and Xu Yanlu all present in the 24-strong squad.



Jin Kun, a standout in the 2017 AFC U-19 Women’s Championship, was also named, following the positive impression she made in Foshan, which included a maiden senior international goal against Vietnam.



Star midfielder Wang Shuang (pictured below), alongside defender Wu Haiyan, was selected shortly after being revealed as the star signing for newly-promoted Chinese Women’s Super League side Wuhan Jiang.

China PR, who remain the only Asian team to win the Algarve Cup, will meet Norway, Portugal and AFC Women’s Asian Cup favourites Australia at the tournament, which begins on February 28 and ends on March 7.



The eight-time Asian champions will begin their 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup campaign against Thailand in Amman on April 6.






China PR women’s national team – 2018 Algarve Cup squad



 

Position

Player

Club

GK

Lu Feifei 

Jiangsu FC 

GK

Peng Shimeng 

Jiangsu FC 

GK

Wang Fei 

FC Bayern Munich (GER) 

DF

Wu Haiyan

Wuhan Jiang

DF

Li Danyang 

Dalian Quanjian 

DF

 Ma Jun

Jiangsu FC

DF

Dou Jiaxing 

Jiangsu FC

DF

Xue Jiao 

Dalian Quanjian

DF

Liu Shanshan 

Hebei China Fortune

MF

Tan Ruyin 

Guangdong 

MF

 Ren Guixin

Changchun FC

MF

Liu Jing 

 Changchun FC 

MF

 Han Peng

Changchun FC

MF

 Xu Yanlu

Jiangsu FC 

MF

 Xiao Yuyi

Shanghai

MF

Yan Jinjin 

Shanghai 

MF

Li Ying 

Shandong 

MF

Wang Shuang  

Wuhan Jiang

MF

Zhang Rui 

Army

MF

 Lu Yueyen

Wuhan Jiang 

FW

Wang Shanshan

Dalian Quanjian

FW

Jin Kun

Jiangsu FC

FW

Tang Jiali

Shanghai

FW

Song Duan 

Dalian Quanjian  

 



Photos: AFP