Suphanat says Teerasil irreplaceable
published : 23 Mar 2023 at 05:00
newspaper section: Sports
writer: Tor Chittinand
Thailand's young forward Suphanat Mueanta said yesterday he feels no pressure wearing the No.10 shirt normally used by veteran striker Teerasil Dangda.
Thailand coach Mano Polking did not call up Teerasil and midfielder Sarach Yooyen for the War Elephants' upcoming warm-up games in the United Arab Emirates, against Syria on Saturday and the hosts on Tuesday.
Suphanat, 20, was handed the No.10 jersey in the absence of Teerasil.
The Buriram United forward dismissed suggestions that he could be Teerasil's heir in the national side.
"I believe that no one can replace Teerasil," Suphanat said.
"I am looking at Teerasil as an example. I feel no pressure wearing the No.10 shirt. I have confidence in myself."
Meanwhile, Thailand captain Chanathip Songkrasin said he is ready for the friendly matches.
The midfielder has returned to the national side after he chose not to play in the Asean Cup won by Thailand earlier this year.
"I am 100 percent fit now," said Chanathip.
"Playing with higher-ranked teams is good for our team because we will get to know our standards.
"The atmosphere in the team is very good. Every player is happy to be part of the national team.
"It's a pity that we do not have Teerasil and Sarach. But in football, you need players who are ready to play."
Thailand are scheduled to leave for the UAE today.
- Teerasil Dangda