Former Chelsea star Oscar has revealed that he would give thoughts to representing China ahead of Brazil if FIFA rules were changed. The Brazilian left Chelsea for Shanghai SIPG in January 2017 and has settled in China. Since then, he has gone on to win the league title and Chinese FA Super Cup.
According to FIFA rules, players are not eligible to represent a country after engaging in competitive action for another country. However, Oscar is hoping for the rules to change. No one would have thought that the Brazilian would think along this line years back, even bet analysis predictions wouldn’t have guessed this, I daresay.
In a chat with Sportscene, Oscar said: ‘Of course I can think about it because it’s difficult to go to the Brazil national team now because I’m here, but in China everyone sees how good I play.
‘And the China national team need one good midfielder, so I think I can help with this. I like China, but the players now who go to China to change their nationality, they can do better also.’
Oscar who has 47 caps for Brazil has not received an invite to represent Brazil at the senior level since 2016. He made his senior debut for Brazil in 2011 and scored 12 goals in 47 appearances.
Oscar played a part in the Confederations Cup triumph for Brazil in 2013 and also played in the 2014 World Cup. He has not played for Brazil since 2016 and it appears his move to China only served to reduce his chances of an invite.
Speaking about football rankings for nations, Brazil that Oscar is eager to give up are 3rd in the FIFA world rankings while China are 76th and haven’t played at the World Cup since 2002.