Vietnam national team gives opportunities to young players during the FIFA Days reunion in October
As part of the plan to build forces towards the 2026 FIFA World Cup 2nd Qualifying Round in Asia, head coach Philippe Troussier continues to give opportunities to many excellent young faces in the October FIFA Days gathering of the team.
Accordingly, among the 33 players selected by coach Philippe Troussier to be on the list, the number of players in the U23 age group accounts for nearly half. These players are all faces who have gone through a long process of working with the French coach and have also affirmed their ability to meet the professional requirements of the coaching staff. Continuing to give young players the opportunity to participate in the national team is considered to not only help ensure continuity in their development but also maintain positive competition within the team squad, as well as creating stability in forces to work towards key goals in the coming years. This is also clearly shown through the equal distribution of young U23 players at all levels, including Nguyen Van Viet as goalkeeper; Luong Duy Cuong, Phan Tuan Tai, Ho Van Cuong, Vo Minh Trong in defense; Khuat Van Khang, Hoang Van Toan, Giap Tuan Duong, Le Van Do, Nguyen Duc Phu, Nguyen Thai Son, Nguyen Dinh Bac in midfield; Nguyen Van Tung, Bui Vi Hao, Nguyen Thanh Nhan are in the striker line.
Of course, the main force at the national team level will still be the “warriors” who are famous, experienced and have affirmed their position. One can easily point to names on the summoned list such as goalkeeper Dang Van Lam; Defenders Que Ngoc Hai, Ho Tan Tai, Doan Van Hau, Bui Hoang Viet Anh, Nguyen Thanh Binh, Do Duy Manh; Midfielders Nguyen Hoang Duc, Nguyen Quang Hai, Do Hung Dung, Nguyen Tuan Anh; Strikers Pham Tuan Hai, Nguyen Tien Linh, Nguyen Van Toan…
According to the plan, the Vietnam National Team will begin gathering from October 2 at the Vietnam Youth Football Training Center. However, in the first days of training, the team will have many gaps in strength because the group of players on the payroll of CAHN Club, Dong A Thanh Hoa, Hanoi and Hai Phong are all caught up in domestic and international tournament schedules. Specifically, CAHN Club and Dong A Thanh Hoa Club are preparing for the 2023 National Super Cup, taking place on October 6; Hanoi Club will play at Japan’s Urawa Red Diamonds Club on October 4 at the AFC Champions League 2023/24, while Hai Phong Club will also play at Singapore’s Hougang United Club on October 5 at AFC. Cup 2023/24. After completing the mission in the host club’s shirt, the group of players from the 4 clubs mentioned above can join the team.
To solve the problem of numbers in the first days of training, coach Philippe Troussier also has a plan to call 5 young players from U20 to U23 to practice with the team, including defender Dang Tuan Phong (Viettel), Nguyen Duc Anh (Hanoi), Tran Nam Hai (SLNA) and a duo of players from Ba Ria Vung Tau Club, midfielder Nguyen Thai Quoc Cuong and defender Nguyen Quang Huy. Creating opportunities for young players to train with the national team is also part of the plan to prepare the national U23 team towards the 2024 U23 Asian Cup.
On October 8, Vietnam National Team will leave for China to play two international friendly matches on FIFA Days in October, meeting China National Team on October 10 and Uzbekistan National Team on October 13, respectively. At the end of the competition in China, the team will move to Korea to play the final friendly match during FIFA Days in October, against the Korean national team on October 17.
The 3 quality matches on the occasion of FIFA Days in October 2023 mentioned above are also the final preparation step of the Vietnam National Team before officially joining the race in the second qualifying round of FIFA World Cup 2026 in Asia, starting next November.