Calling all players: Who could Singapore naturalise?

Over the years Singapore football has called upon naturalised players to help boost the national team. Right now there are some candidates who are good enough to take on that challenge...

During former Singapore coach Bernd Stange’s three-year reign, the Lions mainly featured local-born players. In recent times, only Chinese-born midfielder Qiu Li and veteran defender Daniel Bennett, who started life in England, have donned the Singaporean uniform.

Further back, players like Agu Casmir (born in Nigeria), Shi Jiayi (China) and Itimi Dickson (Nigeria) were also granted the honour of wearing the national strip.

With interim coach V.Sundramoorthy in charge, there is a possibility Singapore could turn to more foreign talents. Here, FourFourTwo lists some possible candidates he could select.

Jordan Webb

This is a no-brainer, considering the Canadian has been clamouring for a Singapore passport since the start of the year.

Webb came to Singapore in 2010 as a fresh-eyed youngster trying to carve out a career for himself and he did handsomely, initially with Hougang United and then Home United.

His talents did not go unnoticed and he was then signed to the Young Lions in 2014, with plans for him to earn citizenship under the Foreign Talent Scheme.

Two years on, the speedy winger is now 28 and still waiting for a passport, although he will be eligible to represent Singapore at the year-end Suzuki Cup if he does get granted citizenship.

Into his sixth year residing in Singapore, Webb has met one of FIFA's criteria of naturalised players being able to represent an adopted country only if they have resided in that country for five years or more.

Now challenging for the S.League title with Tampines Rovers, it is rumoured the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) are trying their best to get Webb his Singapore citizenship before the year-end tournament.

Jordan Webb shoots for Tampines

Webb has had an outstanding season for Tampines

Sirina Camara

The versatile Frenchman is one many are keeping an eye on, with Camara among the best full-backs in the S.League over the past couple of years.

He started his Singapore career with former S.League club Etoile and was invited to the national developmental side Young Lions in 2013, following Etoile's withdrawal from the league.

He is highly spoken of by Stange, who repeatedly said he would have called the defender up if he held a Singapore passport.

Camara's biggest strength is his stamina, which allows him to run up and down the pitch tirelessly. This has enabled him to provide his team with a number of assists over the years, despite playing mainly as a left-back.

With his ability to play in a number of positions, the 25-year-old would be an asset to the national team lacking some versatility.

Home United defender Sirina Camara

Camara is one of the S.League's better defenders