A list of 40 players has been given to national manager Toshyia Miura as a reference for selecting the U23 squad.

Most of the former U19 players who performed outstandingly last year are named in this list.

It also includes 16 members of the U23 team who competed at the Incheon Asian Games last October.

Miura will travel around the country to observe players before preparing a shortlist that is expected to be released on February 14.

As planned, the U23 team will be summoned in February to prepare for the qualifying round of the Malaysian Asian championship in March, and the Southeast Asian Games in Singapore three months later.-VNA