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With the next FIFA international week coming up on August 29 through September 6, V. Sundramoorthy will have the chance to put his charges through their paces once again. It's an opportunity for new players to stake a claim and FourFourTwo picks out 10 potential call-ups for two friendlies which are part of year-end Suzuki Cup preparations…

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Shahrin Saberin (Home United)

  • Position: Centre-back
  • Age: 21
  • League appearances: 15 appearances from a possible 18 league games
  • Caps: 0

Young Shahrin continues to prosper as one of Singapore’s finest defensive prospects, having somewhat unexpectedly established himself as a first-team regular with the Protectors this season.

He only made his debut for the club last August but has since blossomed into a confident centre-back who does not shirk a challenge. His positioning and distribution from the back are key facets of his game, while he also put in solid displays in the FAS Under-21 International Challenge Cup recently.

If Sundram is looking to hand young defenders an opportunity, Shahrin fits that bill perfectly.

Fadli shows his leaping ability

Fadli Kamis (Balestier Khalsa)

  • Position: Right-back
  • Age: 23
  • League appearances: 17/17
  • Caps: 0

An ever-present for Balestier this season, Fadli has started and completed every game bar one in all competitions.

This proves the former Young Lions’ importance to Marko Kraljevic’s side and the fullback’s game has come on leaps and bounds with such regular game-time, including a maiden AFC Cup experience.

Fadli does his job well at the back and is also an asset at the other end, having scored four times in the league this season – no other defender has more – and he has consistently maintained his form so far.

Irwan Shah (Tampines Rovers)

  • Position: Left-back
  • Age: 27
  • League appearances: 14/18
  • Caps: 19

Far from a regular at the start of the season, Irwan has steadily worked his way back into the reckoning at Tampines and has started the last nine games in a row.

The diminutive defender has proved to be a capable squad player and a versatile one, having been deployed as a left wing-back on occasion. Despite his stature, Irwan’s tenacity means he guards his post well, while he can also put in good crosses when supporting the attack

Irwan’s last national team call-up came in February 2013, but Sundram might find him a useful option again here.