After their heroics in China, 13 players from the U23 national team have been called up to the senior side.
Goal keeper Bui Tien Dung of FLC Thanh Haa is named in the Vietnam national football to prepare for the match against Jordan in the qualifying round of Group C of the Asian Cup 2019. Photo: vietnamnet.vn
Included in the squad to face Jordan next week in the Asian Cup qualifier is goal keeper Bui Tien Dung, who’s penalty saves against Iraq and Qatar took the young team to the brink of success.
A late extra time winner from Uzbekistan broke Vietnamese hearts, but now many of those young lions have been rewarded with a senior call up.
As well as the keeper, there are also shouts for midfielders Nguyen Quang Hai, Luong Xuan Truong, Nguyen Phong Hong Duy, defender Vu Van Thanh and strikers Nguyen Cong Phuong and Ha Duc Chinh.
But there’s not guarantee any of the young guns will start as they face tough competition for places from a number of experienced players.
Vietnam national football team’s head coach Park Hang-seo has called 23 players to prepare for the match against Jordan in the qualifying round of Group C of the Asian Cup 2019.
Notably, the South Korean coach put his belief in young aces when he named 13 players in the national U23 team, who played in the AFC U23 Championship in China in January in which Vietnam won silver medal for the first time in history, in this summons including goalie Bui Tien Dung, midfielders Nguyen Quang Hai, Luong Xuan Truong, Nguyen Phong Hong Duy, defender Vu Van Thanh and strikers Nguyen Cong Phuong and Ha Duc Chinh.
The coach hopes a mix of youth and experience will help his team overcome Jordon – but the result is a formality as both side have already qualified for the next stage.
This is considered a preparation of Park for next tournaments for Vietnamese U23 squad to compete in the Asian Games 2018 in Indonesia in August.
Besides calling young players, the coach also named many veterans such as midfielders Dinh Thanh Trung of Quang Nam, Que Ngoc Hai of Song Lam Nghe An, Vu Minh Tuan of Thanh Hoa and striker Nguyen Anh Duc of Becamex Binh Duong.
As planned, Vietnamese team will leave for Jordan on March 24. The team will have two days to train in before facing the hosts at 8pm (Ha Noi time) on March 27.
If Vietnam win this match, they will be added more than 100 points to rank in the world’s top 80 in the FIFA rankings which will be announced in April.
Meanwhile, coach Abu Abed of Jordan also announced his 23 players for the upcoming match.
Abed said to media in Jordan that they prepared carefully and were ready for the game. Several players, who took part in the previous matches, were eliminated because of injuries or not suitable with the present way of playing of the team.
The 53-year-old coach also highly appreciated the advance of Vietnam team in the recent time and said the match would also be a chance for Jordan to prepare for the Asian Games this year.
The squad in full for next week’s game:
Goal keepers: Dang Van Lam, Nguyen Tuan Manh and Bui Tien Dung
Defenders: Que Ngoc Hai, Vu Van Thanh, Do Duy Manh, Bui Tien Dung, Tran Dinh Trong, Lam Anh Quang, Pham Xuan Manh and Ho Tan Tai
Midfielders: Dinh Thanh Trung, Vu Minh Tuan, Luong Xuan Truong, Pham Duc Huy, Nguyen Quang Hai, Nguyen Van Toan, Nguyen Phong Hong Duy, Ho Khac Ngoc and Phan Van Duc
Strikers: Nguyen Anh Duc, Nguyen Cong Phuong and Ha Duc Chinh