Van Dijk upbeat after Indonesia’s draw

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2014 Suzuki Cup

Indonesian striker is looking ahead to joint qualifiers in June after seeing his country land in Group F.

Merah Putih will compete with Iraq, Chinese Taipei, and fellow Southeast Asian sides and Vietnam to break through to the next stage of World Cup qualifying.

Van Dijk, who has not been called up to the national team since last AFF Suzuki Cup, remained optimistic despite insisting that had been given a tough group.

“My first response on the draw, of course it is good to face Thailand because that will be special for me,” the 32-year-old said.

“Iraq of course are a very difficult team and overall it does not look very easy for Indonesia, but we have a chance if our preparation is right.”

The Dutch-born attacker’s knowledge of Thai football could be an advantage to his side; he’s scored twice in the last three games for Thai Premier League outfit .

“Playing in Thailand is also a plus for me, but it would be a strange feeling to play against Thailand,” van Dijk elaborated. “That is what jumps out of this group for me.”