A-League Singaporean defender Safuwan Baharudin has been called up along with a host of players outside the local league for Singapore’s friendly matches against Thailand and Guam next week.
Following Safuwan’s fine form for Melbourne City, which has seen him score four games and feature regularly in the starting lineup, he has received the vote of confidence that was expected by Singapore head coach Bernd Stange.
Singapore’s public will be looking for the mostly-experienced squad to improve on their disappointing AFF Suzuki Cup performance, which drew criticism from former national team players and commentators along with calls for Stange’s ouster.
Singapore will face Thailand at home on March 26 before their first-ever senior international against Guam on March 31.
Singapore’s 20-man squad:
Hassan Sunny (Army United, Thailand)
Izwan Mahbud (LionsXII)
Hyrulnizam Juma’at (Home United)
Baihakki Khaizan (Johor Darul Takzim II, Malaysia)
Shaiful Esah (Tampines Rovers)
Ismadi Mukhtar (Tampines Rovers)
Madhu Mohana (Lions XII)
Afiq Yunos (Lions XII)
Hafiz Sujad (LionsXII)
Shakir Hamzah (Courts Young Lions)
Al Qaasimy Rahman (Courts Young Lions)
Safuwan Baharudin (Melbourne City, Australia)
Hariss Harun (Johor Darul Takzim, Malaysia)
Gabriel Quak (Lions XII)
Zulfahmi Arifin (Lions XII)
Faris Ramli (LionsXII)
Shahfiq Ghani (Courts Young Lions)
Shahril Ishak (Johor Darul Takzim II, Malaysia)
Khairul Amri (Lions XII)
Sahil Suhaimi (LionsXII)