Leesaw names all-time best Thailand XI with Therdsak, Teerasil and Sutee

Kelvin Leong Kelvin Leong

Thailand striker Teeratep Winothai names his all-time Thailand XI with legendary names like Sutee Suksomsit, Dusit Chalermsan and Therdsak Chaiman in the mix.

When you think of Thai football and the English Premier League, one name comes to mind and that is Teeratep Winothai.

Commonly known as Leesaw, the 33-year-old forward spent time with Crystal Palace and Everton FC during his youth career before heading back to the Thai League where he became one of the top attacking prodigies in his country.

His club career took him to clubs like BEC Tero Sasana, Bangkok Glass and Bangkok United but it was at Muangthong United in 2009 where he won the league title.

Blessed with speed and trickery on the ball, Leesaw went on to make 52 appearances for the War Elephants, scoring 16 goals in the process alongside Thai legends like Kiatisuk Senamuang and Suree Sukha.

The Thai national team have gone up a notch in recent years and while the previous generation were targeting the AFF Suzuki Cup as their main objective, the new kids on the block are now looking at Asian Cup glory having already qualified for the 2019 edition as Second Round Group F winners.

Thailand will use the 46th King’s Cup tournament scheduled from March 22 to 25 against Slovakia, United Arab Emirates and Gabon to continue their preparations for  the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup and 2019 Asian Cup.

Stars like Chanathip Songkrasin and Teerasil Dangda will be hoping to help the host nation retain the title they won last year but before we go into the tournament proper, FOX Sports Asia sat down with Leesaw and put him on the spot to name his All-time Thai XI which has a few surprise names in there.

“These are some of the best, best players I have had the pleasure of playing with during my career,” Teeratep said.

“It took me a few nights to come up with this eleven but trust me, I had to change it many times!”

Leesaw’s All-time Thai XI

Coach: Attaphol Buspakom

Goalkeeper: Sinthaweechai Hathairattanakool

Defenders: Natee Thongsukkaew, Dusit Chalermsan, Nirut Suraseang, Rungroj Sawangsri

MF: Datsakorn Thonglao, Therdsak Chaiman, Totchtawan Sripan, Sutee Suksomkit

FW: Teerasil Dangda, Teeratep Winothai