Teen Fulham starlet Benjamin Davis called up to Singapore squad, Baihakki recalled

Singapore coach V. Sundramoorthy has called up 17-year-old Benjamin Davis and handed a recall to veteran defender Baihakki Khaizan for the upcoming International 'A' friendly against Maldives and the 2019 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup Qualifier against Taiwan...

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Davis plays for Fulham FC's Under-18 side after signing scholarship forms last July. He has started six games for the Cottagers' youth side this season, netting one goal.

"I was pleasantly surprised to receive the call up and this moment means a lot to me as I have always wanted to play for the national team," said Davis, who has previously featured for the Singapore Under-18s. "I will be making the most of this opportunity to learn from coach Sundram and the more experienced players whom I will be joining."

Davis is one of two uncapped players who has been called up, with Geylang International's Anders Aplin another debutant who could feature

Davis is one of two uncapped players called up, with Geylang International's Anders Aplin another debutant who could feature.

Also returning to the fold is 34-year-old defender Baihakki Khaizan, who last featured for Singapore at the 2016 Suzuki Cup. The veteran centre-back is currently on loan at Thai League 2 side Udon Thani and has featured prominently to date - even scoring a header in a 3-0 win over Thai Honda.

"I have called up a mix of players, with some new, some familar and some returning faces," said Sundram. "These two matches are important in terms of bringing in fresh players into the fold to complement the seasoned players."

Davis (centre) with his family after signing with Fulham. Photo: Fulham FC

Singapore will face Maldives on March 23, before travelling to Taiwan for their final Asian Cup qualifier group game against the home nation four days later. The Lions are bottom of the group with two points.

Singapore squad

Goalkeepers: Zaiful Nizam, Izwan Mahbud, Hassan Sunny

Defenders: Anders Aplin, Zulfahmi Arifin, Irfan Fandi, Baihakki Khaizan, Emmeric Ong, Shakir Hamzah, Hafiz Sujad, Nazrul Nazari

Midfielders: Adam Swandi, M. Anumanathan, Hariss Harun, Faris Ramli, Izzdin Shafiq, Safuwan Baharudin, Yasir Hanapi, Shahdan Sulaiman, Shawal Anuar, Benjamin Davis

Forwards: Iqbal Hussain, Khairul Amri

Main Photo: Weixiang Lim/FFT