Brazilian-born striker Elkeson is the first player of non-Chinese heritage to have been included in the China squad, after he was called up for their 2022 World Cup qualifier against Maldives on Sept. 10.
The decision follows weeks of speculation the Guangzhou Evergrande forward had been awarded citizenship in the country after playing in the Chinese Super League since 2013, thereby meeting FIFA's five-year residency requirements.
Guangzhou Evergrande took a huge stride towards reclaiming the Chinese Super League title on Sunday as Fabio Cannavaro's side won 3-1 at second-placed Beijing Guoan to move seven points clear at the summit with eight games remaining.
Second-half goals from Elkeson and Yang Liyu in the top-of-the-table clash earned Guangzhou the three points after Beijing's Zhang Yuning had cancelled out Paulinho's opener for the visitors.
The win was Guangzhou's 13th in a row in the league and moved them on to 58...
Gareth Bale's proposed transfer to Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning has been called off by Real Madrid after the Wales international's family opted against making the move, according to ESPN FC sources.
News the deal had collapsed was first reported by the BBC, and sources have told ESPN FC another reason for the breakdown was that Jiangsu would only agree to a free transfer, while Madrid were looking for a fee for Bale.