Singapore names 19-man squad to face France U21

Singapore selection has an average age of 22.3, will take on French U21 side on Monday at Reunion Island.

The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) has named a relatively young squad for the friendly match against the France Under-21s on 2 June.

Bernd Stange's national squad is made out of solely of players from the LionsXII and Courts Young Lions, with goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud (24), defenders Afiq Yunos (24) and Faritz Hameed (24) as well as forward Khairul Amri (29) the only four players aged above 23.

The friendly match was arranged following the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the FAS and the French Football Federation (FFF) on 1 October 2013.

National coach Stange said the friendly game was a chance for Singapore's best young footballers to play against a top quality side consisting of players from major European leagues, with one eye on gaining a nomination from the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) to participate in the 2014 Asian Games held in South Korea.

"I’ve called up mainly young players who are eligible for this year’s Asian Games and we hope to produce a good performance with this very young team," he said.

"It is also a great platform for these young players to earn their place in the National Team on a regular basis.

"The exposure and experience of playing against a top international team will be essential to their development, and our boys will give their best efforts for this game."

The team will leave for Réunion on Friday, 30 May.

Friendly Game Details:

Match               : Singapore National Under-23 Team vs France National Under-21 Team

Date/Date         : 2nd June / Monday

Venue               : Reunion Island

Kick-off           : 9:00 PM (UTC+4) / 01:00 AM (UTC+8, 3rd June, Singapore Time)

  1. MOHAMAD IZWAN BIN MAHBUD, 24, LionsXII, GK
  2. RUDY KHAIRULLAH BIN ADI NEGARA, 20, CYL, GK
  3. MADHU M MOHANA, 23, LionsXII, DF
  4. MUHAMMAD SHAKIR BIN HAMZAH, 22, LionsXII, DF
  5. MOHAMMED FARITZ BIN ABDUL HAMEED, 24, LionsXII, DF
  6. MUHAMMAD AL QAASIMY BIN ABDUL RAHMAN, 22, CYL, DF
  7. MOHAMMED AFIQ BIN YUNOS, 24, LionsXII, DF
  8. DELWINDER SINGH S/O RANJIT SINGH, 22, CYL, DF
  9. MUHAMMAD ZULFAHMI BIN MOHD ARIFIN, 23, LionsXII, MF
  10. MUHAMMAD RAIHAN BIN ABDUL RAHMAN, 23, LionsXII, MF
  11. ANUMATHAN S/O MOHAN KUMAR, 20, CYL, MF
  12. MUHAMMAD FARIS BIN RAMLI, 22, LionsXII, MF
  13. MUHAMMED AQHARI BIN ABDULLAH, 23, LionsXII, MF
  14. MUHAMMAD AMIRUL ADLI BIN AZMI, 18, CYL, MF
  15. AMMIRUL EMMRAN BIN MAZLAN, 19, CYL, MF
  16. MUHAMMAD SHAHFIQ BIN GHANI, 22, LionsXII, FW
  17. MOHAMMAD KHAIRUL AMRI BIN MOHAMMAD KAMAL, 29. LionsXII, FW
  18. MOHAMAD SAHIL BIN SUHAIMI, 22, CYL, FW
  19. NG YONG WOO, STANELY, 22, CYL, MF