Thailand U-23 rising star Tristan Somchai Do has claimed that he is ‘100 percent’ committed to play for The War Elephants and insisted that it was the only choice in his mind.
The 22-year-old was born in France but qualifies for Thailand through his father. He had a various stint with French clubs for four years since graduating from the French youth system at Strasbourg in 2010, before having opportunity to play for BEC Tero Sasana last year.
“I have never thought of playing for any other country except Thailand,” Tristan told ESPN. “I’m half-Thai and half-French but it was always the only choice I wanted, to play for the Thai national team.
“Football is a universal language, I can speak a little Thai and I listen to the language so there has not been any problem getting used to it.
“The coaching staff and my teammates have also been very helpful, and I feel good to be part of the family.”
The 22-year-old has been given his international competitive debut in the opening fixture of 2015 SEA Games group stage against Laos U-23, successfully led his team to clinch a 6-0 victory.
“I was happy with my performance in the game,” he added. “But when any team in the world win 6-0, it is not about one player but the whole squad together.”