It will be difficult to turn down an offer to play for Vietnam, says Czech goalkeeper Filip Nguyen

Filip Nguyen Vietnam

Filip Nguyen, goalkeeper for Slovan Liberec in the Czech First League, has reportedly said that it will be very difficult to turn down an invite to play for the Vietnam national team.

The 26-year-old Nguyen has received much praise for his displays under the bar in the domestic league this season and have kept 10 clean sheets for Slovan Liberec in 18 appearances.

The shot-stopper who is yet to make his international debut is eligible to represent either of Czech Republic or Vietnam. And Nguyen discussed his international future recently after he was being linked with a move to represent Vietnam.

“Every good game makes me reach a step to the national team. I hope to get a call from one of the two teams — Czech Republic or Vietnam. The chances of getting a call-up from the Czech Republic national team may be higher than being summoned by Vietnam,” Nguyen was reported as saying.

“However, if the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) calls me in the future, it will be an invitation that I certainly do not want to turn down,” the goalkeeper said.

The ASEAN champions already have an overseas-born goalkeeper in their national team in Dang Van Lam who is still 25 and one of the best goalkeepers in Southeast Asia at present. The Muangthong United man had put on an impressive display for the Golden Dragons during their 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup and 2019 AFC Asian Cup campaigns.