V. Sundramoorthy will lead the Lions into the Causeway derby on October 7 at the National Stadium, which promises to be a fiery affair as always.
His counterpart Ong Kim Swee has already named the Tigers team to face Singapore, which included five fresh faces. Here, FourFourTwo looks at a clutch of players who didn’t make it to Bahrain last time out but could be potential call-ups for the big clash…
*player data correct as of 27/9
Syazwan Buhari (Geylang International)
League appearances: 21 from a possible 21 appearances
He might not be the most imposing of custodians, but Syazwan has come on leaps and bounds at Geylang this season to firmly establish himself as first-choice.
It is testament to the quality of Hassan Sunny and Izwan Mahbud that the former Young Lions man has not been capped at senior level, though he did receive his first call-up earlier this July.
That was well deserved and he has continued to be a solid presence in between the sticks for the Eagles since. An exemplary showing against Albirex Niigata (S) last time out proved his consistency and surely warrants a look-in by Sundramoorthy.
Shahrin Saberin (Home United)
League appearances: 16/20
It feels like FourFourTwo has been calling for Shahrin’s inclusion for a while now, which goes to underline the consistently good performances the youngster has turned in this season.
Somewhat unexpectedly thrust into the heart of the Home defence at the start of the campaign, the defender has blossomed into a fine centre-back who looks like he could potentially form the bedrock of the Singapore back-line in time to come.
Blessed with a keen sense of awareness that helps him make defending look easy at times, Shahrin has caught the eye whenever he turned out for the Under-21s this year.
While the Malaysia game will be a high-octane clash, it could be a good time to start blooding in this talented prospect with an eye on the future.