10:16 | 15/03/2016 Entertainment
New national head coach Nguyen Huu Thang on March 11 named 32 players who will gather in Hanoi this weekend to prepare for the 2018 World Cup qualifying matches.
The National squad gather for their first training in 2016
The former national defender called six forwards, 11 midfielders, 10 defenders and four goalkeepers.
Among the players national reigning champions Becamex Bình Dương FC have the largest number of seven members, followed by Quang Ninh Coal (five), Hanoi T&T and Song Lam Nghe An (four each).
Coach Thang said it was a draft list which would be reviewed and shortlisted to 23.
“There will definitely be changes from this draft after I get them to undergo a medical check-up and test them in training. There is no star in my team because I believe that the whole team produces a star, a star cannot build a team,” Thang said.
“I cannot make them successful immediately. I need time to shape up the playing style of the team but I want to guide them to focus on rapid and short balls together with a counter-attack,” he said.
The team will start their 10-day training on March 14 before they host Chinese Taipei at the My Dinh National Stadium on March 24.
Five days later they will travel to a neutral venue in Iran to play Iraq.
Thang is the most open-minded coach as he agreed with the Vietnam Football Federation officials to organise a press briefing every week, scheduled on Thursday or Friday, for interviews and information updates./.