Sundram: Izwan ready to play overseas

Singapore's player-of-the-moment Izwan Mahbud is ready to go abroad, said V Sundramoorthy during the Barclays Asia Trophy press conference on Tuesday.

Singapore Selection manager Sundramoorthy, who was also Izwan’s former manager at LionsXII, said he has watched Izwan grown over the years and tipped him to be a success overseas.

"I have seen him in Japan and in Malaysian league and he has made some incredible saves." Sundram said.

"I think he is ready to move up a level probably to play in J.League or even K.League. I think it will be a good exposure for him and and it will help Singapore football," Sundramoorthy said.

The 25-year-old attracted the attention of the Japanese league after his heroic performance during Singapore’s 0-0 draw against Japan in their World Cup qualifier in June.

Izwan recorded an impressive 18 saves in that match and has been linked with a trial for newly-promoted club Matsumoto Yamaga.

The goalkeeper indicated that he wants to challenge himself further in foreign leagues overseas.

“As a player of course you want to get to the very top and about the progress, it depends on how disciplined I am, how patient I am in my work,” he said.

Despite the spotlight on his Japan performance, Izwan said he is focused on his upcoming match against Arsenal on Wednesday in the 2015 Barclays Asia Trophy. The Singapore side will take on the Gunners following the opening match between Everton and Stoke City.

“For me, every game is big and every game I need to perform and Japan was one of the days that I performed (well), but it’s in in the past,” he said.

“Facing Arsenal is a really big honour for me, in the tunnel with them, established stars and I think it’s a really big game for me and for the team. It’s a rare opportunity for us to play this kind of premiership team.”

The Singapore custodian also seemed relaxed ahead of the match when asked if he could better his record of 18 saves against Japan.

“I think there will be more shots and … I see them on TV and it’s obvious they’ve got a lot of attacking-minded players and about the record, let’s see about that tomorrow,” Izwan said.