Time, teams and talent will tell in the end but there should be one or two players under the age of 23 who may have made a regional name for themselves. John Duerden looks at ten youngsters who will be hoping to have the chance to impress.
Faris Ramli - Singapore
Looked lively against Laos in the final Lions' warm up match as he assisted Khairul Amri's goal with a perfect cross, and that bodes well for the defending champions. The 22-year-old is something of a throwback: an old-fashioned winger who loves nothing more to use his skills to beat his man and get some serious crosses into the area. Has the potential to be one of the most exciting players of the tournament.