Aleksandar Duric: Impressing your international coach

Called up at the age of 37, Duric played for Singapore from 2007 to 2012 and he has some tips for those in the national team now on how to cope with international football

The Football Association of Singapore finally did the right thing and appointed a local to helm the national football team.

V.Sundramoorthy took the hot seat and his first game comes against Myanmar, followed by a match against Vietnam or Hong Kong a few days later.

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I am thrilled that the likes of Azhar Sairudin has been called up, and I bet you he must be feeling nervous right now.

Turning 30 in September, the Home United midfielder might not feel confident about being in the squad and I can tell you, I know how it feels. After all, I was called up when I was 37.

But here are some tips for the untested and fringe players to note on for impressing Sundram while on national duty.

Show a positive attitude at all times

On the international stage, you are competing for a starting spot with the best of your nation.

There will be games you miss out on, but that is no reason to let your head drop.

Always maintain a positive outlook, show that hunger and desire to play and it could convince a coach to pick you instead.

Gel with the other boys

Always have a good relationship with your teammates

As opposed to the S.League, international duty means mingling with players from the various teams.

The time spent together varies from a few days to a few weeks, depending on the training and competitive fixtures.

It’s important to gel with your fellow teammates, so that the squad is not disrupted by any internal strife.

Grab the opportunity with both hands

Playing your hearts out will endear you to the fans

There will always be the naysayers, believing another player deserve the spot you are occupying.

But, it’s up to you to prove them wrong.

Even if used a substitute, every single action is expected to make a difference. Never waste the chance you are given, and it will go a long way in winning the hearts of many.

Score a goal, or two!

Goal changes game and there is no two ways about this! Sure, it’s not the easiest thing to do but hey, it’s worth trying.

I did score two goals on my international debut for Singapore, so if I can do it, so can anyone of our nation’s best.

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