Newly-appointed captain Đỗ Hùng Dũng (fourth from left) will look to make a big effect within the remaining World Cup qualifiers, after a severe harm dominated him out for many of final 12 months. — Photograph vff.org.vn
HÀ NỘI — Returning after a severe leg-break virtually a 12 months in the past, Đỗ Hùng Dũng is again within the nationwide squad and, with the captain’s armband, is able to stamp his authority on Việt Nam’s remaining World Cup qualifiers in opposition to Australia, China, Oman and Japan.
The nationwide staff will face China on the Mỹ Đình stadium on the primary day of Lunar New Yr, a recreation that can imply rather a lot for Dũng.
“This might be a novel Tết celebration and we hope we will carry a really particular efficiency to match,” Dũng mentioned.
“As we all know, the Mỹ Đình stadium will welcome about 20,000 followers to look at the nationwide staff face China on the primary day of Lunar New Yr.
“With that many followers, it will likely be an enormous motivation for us. We hope for an important efficiency, however bear in mind to adjust to the pandemic prevention rules when cheering for us.
“After all, I’ll miss my household after we play throughout Tết, as that is one among only a few family-gathering events, however it can nonetheless be particular for me,” mentioned the 28-year-old midfielder.
Returning to soccer after an terrible deal with in a recreation in opposition to Hồ Chí Minh Metropolis FC sidelined him in March final 12 months, Dũng has put his all into getting again into the shape that noticed him win the Vietnamese Golden Ball in 2019.
Regardless of being suggested to not rush his restoration, Dũng by no means says “No” when his nation calls.
By the tip of 2021, he was able to play in the past, although missed out on an opportunity to play on the AFF Suzuki Cup in Singapore on account of a paperwork challenge.
The newly-appointed national-side captain is aware of he has huge footwear to fill in taking up from Quế Ngọc Hải, however is not missing confidence.
“I’m totally assured in myself,” Dũng mentioned.
“All of us belief one another explicitly; gamers and training employees. Myself or anybody else with this duty will all the time inspire the staff to do the very best.
“After all, earlier than being referred to as up Coach Park consulted the medical division on how one can get us into the very best form and situation to compete on the highest stage.
“That’s why I’m assured and can put in the very best efficiency attainable for the nation.”
Việt Nam will face Australia away on January twenty seventh and China at house on February 1st. The nationwide staff have but to win any factors and are rooted to the underside of Group B. — VNS