Malaysia are due to play Saudi Arabia on March 24 and coach Ong Kim Swee is slated to name his squad soon. FourFourFourTwo’s Vijhay Vick believes these players deserve a national call-up after their performances of late...
Norazlan Razali (Selangor)
The Malaysia national team is well stocked in the goalkeeping department, with the likes of Khairul Fahmi Che Mat, Farizal Marlias and Khairul Azhan ready to stand in goal.
But Norazlan deserves a chance too, after being in splendid form for Selangor since last year.
Despite the arrival of young Khairul Azhan, the 30-year-old is still retaining his place as Selangor’s No.1.
Shahrom Kalam (Selangor)
It’s really a surprise that the Selangor skipper has not established himself in the Harimau Malaya squad since making his debut in 2011.
Since then, he has made only sporadic appearances for Malaysia but his recent form warrants a place in the squad. It’s not often you see a local centre-back commanding the back four, something Shahrom does with ease.
That Selangor’s defence hasn't felt the absence of injured Robert Cornthwaite is mainly down to Shahrom’s calm and commanding presence.
New signing Razman Roslan and Rizal Fahmi Abdul Rosid have also slotted in well alongside Shahrom when called upon.
Shahrom often prevails in one-on-one duels and rarely loses focus – a trait Ong Kim Swee could use in defence.