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FIFA 2018 Wold Cup: 4 MTUTD players called up to the Thai national team


Thailand's national team, the War Elephants, will host Chinese Taipei in the next Round Two fixture of the FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifications. The match is scheduled for November 12th, in Bangkok.

SCG Muangthong United will contribute four players to the national squad: keeper Kawin Thamsatchanan, midfielder Sarach Yuyen, defender Thitipan Puangjan, and striker Teerasil Dangda.

Thailand won the first leg 2-0 in Taipei, a match in which Teerasil scored both goals. Thailand are playing in Group F along with Vietnam, Chinese Taipei, and Iraq.

The War Elephants are top of their group, having beaten Vietnam in both matches, Taipei in the first match, and drawing 2-2 with Iraq.

A total of 40 teams from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) are competing for up to 5 qualification berths for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The 8 first place teams and the best 4 second place teams will advance to Round Three. The four group winners in Round Three qualify for the World Cup, while the 5th spot is decided in an intercontinental playoff with CONCACAF (Americas + Caribbean).

The AFC teams that qualified for the 2014 World Cup were Australia, Japan, South Korea, and Iran. The qualification matches also determine the teams for the 2019 AFC Championship, hosted by the United Arab Emirates.

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