The China Women’s World Cup 2023 squad is coming together now, following the 2022 Women's Asian Cup in which the Steel Roses won the competition.
2019 was a somewhat disappointing showing for the current Asian champions with just one goal scored all tournament and an exit in the first knockout round to Italy. While it was Spain and Germany who faced them four years ago in a tricky-looking group, the Chinese have once again been dealt a tough hand once again this time around, with England and Denmark lumped into their group with Haiti.
Things will be tough once again, with form in 2023 looking patchy at best. China lost 3-0 to Spain following 0-0 draws with Switzerland and the Republic of Ireland in April's European tour.
Naturally, head coach Shui Qingxia will be looking to those who were key in the Asian Cup win to hopefully recall memories of her last World Cup, in 1995, where the Chinese finished fourth. The majority of this team still plays in China – though star forward Wang Shuang is at Racing Louisville, following stints at Paris Saint-Germain.
Two more PSG stars form the spine of the side. 28-year-old Li Mengwen at the back and 29-year-old Yang Lina combined with Wang, also 28, are an experienced trio in their prime right now. If China are to improve on 2019 – even get out of their difficult-looking group – they need all three to have good tournaments.
Australia are in World Cup Group E with England, Haiti and Denmark, their first World Cup fixture is against Denmark on July 22 and below is their most recent 23-player team, ahead of announcing their final World Cup squad by July 9.
China Women's World Cup 2023 squad
China Women's World Cup 2023 squad
- GK: Pan Hongyan (Beijing Phoenix)
- GK: Xu Huan (Jiangsu)
- GK: Zhu Yu (SCRB FC)
- DF: Gao Chen (Changchung DZZY)
- DF: Wu Haiyan (Wuhan Jiangda University)
- DF: Dou Jiaxing (Jiangsu), Wang Linlin (SCRB FC)
- DF: Li Mengwen (PSG)
- DF: Chen Qiaozhu (Meizhou Huijun)
- DF: Yao Wei (Wuhan Jiangda University)
- MF: Wu Chengshu (Canberra United)
- MF: Yang Lina (Levante)
- MF: Yao Lingwei (Wuhan Jiangda University)
- MF: Zhang Linyan (Zurich)
- MF: Shen Mengyu (Celtic)
- MF: Zhang Rui (Wuhan Jiangda University)
- MF: Zhang Xin (SCRB FC)
- MF: Gu Yasha (Wuhan Jiangda University)
- FW: Lou Jiahui (Wuhan Jiangda University)
- FW: Tang Jiali (SCRB FC)
- FW: Wang Shanshan (Wuhan Jiangda University)
- FW: Wang Shuang (Racing Louisville)
- FW: Xiao Yuyi (SCRB FC)
Who is the China manager?
Shui Qingxia was a midfielder who went to four major tournaments – two World Cups and two Olympic games – with her nation. Her highlights included being a part of the 1995 tournament in which China finished fourth, with Shui scoring in the penalty shootout against Sweden in the quarter-finals, and winning a silver medal at Atlanta at the '96 Olympics.
How many players are China allowed to take to the World Cup 2023?
The China Women’s World Cup squad will be made up of 23 players. Despite requests from some countries to extend the squad sizes, as was done with Men’s World Cup in Qatar, they will be limited to a smaller squad of just 23.
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Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals for FFT and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He once saw Tyrone Mings at a petrol station in Bournemouth but felt far too short to ask for a photo.