Head coach Park announces 23 players for friendly match

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Head coach Park Hang-seo has called striker Nguyễn Anh Đức (in purple) to the coaching staff of the Vietnamese team. Photo thethao247.vn

HÀ NỘI — Head coach Park Hang-seo has announced his squad of 23 players for the national team’s friendly match against Afghanistan on June 1 at Thống Nhất Stadium in HCM City.

The list includes several outstanding faces who competed in the third round of Asian qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup, such as goalkeeper Đặng Văn Lâm and defender Đỗ Duy Mạnh.

Also included are three other players from the U23 team who won gold medal at the SEA Games 31, Đỗ Hùng Dũng, Nguyễn Tiến Linh and Nguyễn Hoàng Đức.

In addition, the South Korean coach also called new faces including Trần Đình Khương and Trương Văn Thái Quý for the event which is a warm-up for the AFF Cup.

Notably, Park has added striker Nguyễn Anh Đức to the coaching staff of the Vietnamese team. Đức is playing the role of both player and coach at Long An Club. Recently, he was granted a coaching license by the Asian Football Confederation.

Becoming an assistant for coach Park in the national team will help Đức gain more training experience. That is considered the first step for him to gain valuable knowledge on the journey to becoming a professional coach.

Đức became the first assistant of Park as he is still playing professionally as a player.

Đức played for Bình Dương in the V.League 1 from 2006 to 2019, scoring 116 goals in 335 matches. He won four V.League 1 titles, four National Super Cups, two National Cups and reached the semi-finals of the AFC Cup in 2009. He won the Vietnamese Golden Ball award in 2015 as well as the Vietnamese Silver Ball award in 2017. He was the top scorer in 2017.

He was also a key part of the national team that won the AFF Cup in 2018.

The national team will gather together on May 25 to attend a two-day training camp in Hà Nội before moving to HCM City on May 28 to prepare for the friendly match. VNS

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