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Thailand team taking shape for AFF Suzuki Cup

Thailand coach Bryan Robson has given a good indication of the squad for December's AFF Suzuki Cup with his line-up for a warm-up match against Leicester City in Bangkok on Saturday (October 9).

The 22-man squad includes influential midfielders Datsakorn Thonglao and Narongchai Vachiraban along with Swiss-Thai Peter Laeng who Robson has been using as an impact player.

Veteran Therdsak Chaiman is again missing from the squad as Robson continues to allow him to concentrate on club football.

Winger Sutee Suksomkit, a regular when fit, also misses out as he is still recovering from injury while defensive midfielder Surat Sukha has club commitments in Australia with Melbourne Victory.

Robson's front line seems settled with Teerasil Dangda and Sarayoot "Joe Five Yards" Chaikamdee likely to start and Teerathep Winothai ready to come off the bench if the strikers misfire.

"It will be a tough match. Although Leicester are in the English Championship (second division), their strength is their fitness and fast pace," said the former England captain.

"We will surely gain from the match in our preparations for the AFF Suzuki Cup."

Three-time champions Thailand have been drawn to face co-hosts Indonesia, Malaysia and the winners of the qualifying tournament in Group A of the AFF Suzuki Cup in December.

Leicester City were recently bought by a Thai company, duty free retail giants King Power, and appointed former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson as their coach at the weekend.

Thailand squad for match against Leicester City:

Goalkeepers: Kawin Thamasatchanan (Muang Thong United), Sinthaweechai Hathairattanakool (Chonburi)

Defenders: Panupong Wongsa and Nataporn Phanrit (both Muang Thong United), Suree Sukha, Natthaphong Saman, Suttinan Phukhom and Chonlatit Jantakam (all Chonburi), Pollawat Wangkaart (TOT CAT), Teerathorn Boonmathan (Buriram)

Midfielders: Phichitphong Cheuichiew, Datsakorn Thonglao and Narongchai Vachiraban (all Muang Thong United), Puritat Jarikanont (Chonburi), Vichaya Dejmitr and Peter Laeng (both Bangkok Glass), Suchao Nutnum and Rangsan Vivatchaichok (both Buriram)

Strikers: Teerasil Dangda (Muang Thong United), Sarayoot Chaikamdee (Thai Port), Kirati Kaewsombut (Buriram), Teerathep Winothai (BEC)