Squad named for tune-ups

Squad named for tune-ups

Thailand coach Milovan Rajevac.
Thailand coach Milovan Rajevac.

Coach Milovan Rajevac has named his squad yesterday and said he will select players for two international friendly games being held next month based on their performances in the domestic league.

Rajevac, who attended a meeting at the Football Association of Thailand (FAT) where the preparations for the Thai national and U23 teams were discussed, said the friendlies were as important as regular international fixtures.

"The two matches will be the last for the national team this year. We hope the players will put up a good show and gain some experience," he said.

"I went and watched many [of them play] throughout the country. I am ready to give opportunities to every good player."

Thailand play Myanmar on Oct 5 in Mandalay, Myanmar, and Kenya on Oct 8 in Bangkok at SCG Stadium, where the Thai U23 team will also play a friendly against Jordan on the same day.

"It is good for the U23 team to play a warm-up game. We would like the fans to come and watch both," Rajevac added.

Thailand U23 head coach Zoran Jankovic said the team will closely resemble the one sent to the recently ended SEA Games in Malaysia, with a few names possibly added later.

"I got some input from [former boss] Worrawoot Srimaka about the SEA Games squad," Jankovic said, adding that plans for next year's AFC U23 Championship will be drawn up after the Jordan friendly.

The FAT, meanwhile, announced his 25 players for the senior team's friendly matches next month.

Rajevac sprang a surprise by recalling Police Tero midfielder Datsakorn Thonglao, who has spent three years in wilderness.

He also named Krabi FC's Supoj Jodjum, potentially giving the player his first cap.

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