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Out in a cold: China manager Gao Hongbo drops maestro Zheng Zhi for pivotal World Cup qualifiers

Veteran Zheng Zhi was surprisingly forsaken by manager Gao Hongbo for China’s arriving essential 2018 World Cup qualifiers opposite Syria and Uzbekistan subsequent month.

The 36-year-old midfielder, who is a captain of Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou Evergrande, was ignored when Gao announced his 24-man patrol on Thursday for their subsequent dual subordinate matches, that China contingency win to keep their hopes of World Cup gift alive.

China will perform Syria in their organisation A compare in Xian on Oct 6 before travelling to Tashkent to take on Uzbekistan 5 days later.

After being degraded by South Korea 3-2 in their opening organisation diversion and following that adult with a unsatisfactory goalless pull opposite visitors Iran final time out, China’s debate to strech a World Cup in Russia could be ephemeral if they destroy to get a outcome subsequent month.

China are now fourth in a six-team organisation with only one indicate from dual games, turn with Syria who forced an astonishing pull opposite South Korea in their final match.

Uzbekistan lead a standings after dual true wins, while South Korea and Iran are tied for second place with 4 points each, with Qatar nonetheless to measure a indicate after dual games and lay bottom of a group.

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Former captain Zheng’s general career seemed to be over progressing this year when he was not comparison for a final dual matches in a prior turn in that China won to allege to a final theatre of qualifying.

However, manager Gao brought Zheng behind during a commencement of a stream theatre and a former Charlton midfielder featured opposite South Korea.

Zheng’s associate Guangzhou teammate Zeng Cheng, a initial choice goalkeeper, was also not comparison after pang a knee damage during their final compare opposite Iran that has ruled him out for a residue of a season.

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He has been transposed by Yan Junling of Shanghai SIPG, while 34-year-old defender Du Wei and striker Yang Xu lapse to a patrol with China set to start their training stay in Wuhan subsequent week.