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11 players who could play for Malaysia in 2018

New Malaysia coach Tan Cheng Hoe only needs to name his squad for the final (and insignificant) Asian Cup qualifier against Lebanon in March, by which time several uncapped players could catch his attention in the Malaysia Super League (MSL). FourFourTwo picks 11 who may don the Harimau Malaya colours next year.

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CURRAN FERNS

Age could work in Ferns' favour to be selected for Malaysia

The Australian-born defensive midfielder finally got going in 2017 after moving to Felda United from Negeri Sembilan, and is pushing for a place in the national team.

He may not be the most spectacular of players, but Ferns has got the job done for the Fighters - the best team in second half of the 2017 MSL campaign. Ferns, who struggled to get a grip of things at Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) II before his move to Negeri, is proving to be a reliable player in the No.6 role.

Felda coach B. Satiananthan has taken a liking to Ferns' intelligence and distribution, and the former Melbourne Victory trainee is only 24, something that could work in his favour to be selected for Malaysia.

NATXO INSA

The Spanish-born midfielder will be 32 next year but it is a no-brainer that he should finally be called-up to the squad after asking to be left out in 2017 so he could first settle down at JDT.

Insa is proving to be the best player in the MSL – imports included – and Malaysia should really make use of the fact he holds a local passport.

The former Valencia academy product was a key figure in Levante’s 2016-17 Segunda Division title win before becoming a Malaysian to sign with the Southern Tigers.

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