After being suspended for match fixing five years ago, Pham Van Quyen and Le Van Truong will play on the national team during the Millennium Thang Long-Ha Noi Football Cup next month.
HA NOI –
The veterans return made headlines in newspapers across the nation.
"It is a dream comes true," said Quyen after hearing the news.
After serving his four-year ban, Quyen has been sidelined for most of the season due to injuries. Quyen returned to the sport last year and played for Song Lam Nghe An, where he proved that he still has talent.
"I dreamed of wearing the national jersey again after I was banned, and now I can do it," said Quyen. "I was not set to play much this season because of my up-and-down performance and injuries. I was really surprised when I saw my name on the list; I couldn't believe."
Truong was at his family's home in Hue when he was informed that he had been selected by the national team.
"It has been five years [since I last played for the national team]," said Truong. "It is a short period for a person's life, but it's really long and hard for a player."
Truong was selected to play for the national team although his club Hoang Anh Gia Lai performed poorly during the previous two seasons.
Quyen and Truong are still banned by FIFA, but the Viet Nam Football Federation has asked the world football governing body to drop the ban.
Coach Henrique Calisto on Monday selected four strikers, 11 midfielders, nine defenders and two goalkeepers to play for the national team. -- VNS