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Donkin Helps Chinese Taipei To Victory

28 March 2018

Palace academy midfielder Will Donkin helped Chinese Taipei round off their 2019 Asian Cup qualifying campaign with a 1-0 win against Singapore on Tuesday.

The 17-year-old started an international for the first time and went on to play 89 minutes of the game in Taipei City, with Chen Po-liang grabbing the only goal of the game in the 37th minute to ensure that they finished third in the group with nine points, behind Bahrain and Turkmenistan.

Despite not reaching the finals in the UAE next year, the recent performances of Chinese Taipei, the official name for the state of Taiwan, has seen them rise to their highest ever FIFA world ranking of 134 under English coach Gary White.

Donkin has now picked up five caps for the country who he is eligible to represent through his mother, and helped them win their first ever tournament - the 2017 CTFA International Tournament - in December when they played three games in three days.

That has helped White build a young squad that will compete at this summer's Asian Games in Jakata, which will kick-off in August with Donkin likely to feature.

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