Brazil star Oscar ready to switch international allegiances

Brazil star Oscar ready to switch international allegiances

Former Chelsea midfielder Oscar is ready to leave the Brazil national team and play for China if FIFA allows him.

The Shanghai SIPG star has played 47 times for his country, winning the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, but he has not made any other appearance for Seleção since November 2015 in a FIFA World Cup qualifying win over Peru.

On the topic of switching allegiances, FIFA regulations prohibit a player from changing national teams if they have made a competitive international appearance, but Oscar wishes this was not the case.

"As far as I can, I can think about, it's difficult to go to Brazil national team now because I'm here, but in China everyone sees how good I play," the 28-year-old told CGTN, the English-language arm of state television CCTV.

"If in the end, if the China national team need one good midfielder, so I can help if they change.

"I like China but I think the players now, if they go to change the nationality to go to China, they can do better also."

Oscar left the English Premier League in December 2016 and after being in China for five years, he will meet requirements to become a naturalized Chinese citizen next year.

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