Foreign footballers with some Singapore flavour

In recent years, Singapore have featured an all-local team in international fixtures. But this could change in the future, if some players based in Europe decide to adopt their Singapore lineage and become Lions. Here are some of those potential players...

The Philippine national football team is the Asian nation that has arguably benefited most from FIFA's foreign-born policy, which allows a player to represent a country other than that of his birth as long as he meets a set of ancestry and territorial requirements. 

In recent years, the Azkals have featured players with ancestral links to the Philippines plying their trade in Europe and it has paid off with solid results in recent AFF Suzuki Cup and 2018 World Cup qualifying campaigns.  
 
With a growing cosmopolitan culture in Singapore over the years, footballers with mixed parentage have started to emerge. 

Here are some of the foreign-born legion that may well serve us well in the future.

Dominic Tan (19 years old)

Tan in jersey no.3, was born and raised in Singapore. Photo: JDT

If you ever watched Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) II in action in the 2016 season, you most probably would have been looking at what could have been the Singapore national team central defence pairing.

That is because at JDT II, Singapore international Baihakki Khaizan plays alongside a certain Dominic Tan.

His parents are from Malaysia, but Tan was born in Singapore and is a Singapore permanent resident. He studied at Singapore Sport School and was in the Singapore national football team youth set-up.

Even though he was tempted to continue his progress in Singapore, Tan decided he wanted to represent Malaysia.

The youngster is rated highly by the Southern Tigers, with Baihakki among his supporters.

It is still not too late for the national selectors to try and change Tan's mind, as he has only represented Malaysia at the youth level and can still turn out for Singapore at the senior stage.

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