Football: A-League's Safuwan in national team to face Thailand and Guam

Safuwan Baharudin has made a big impact since his loan move to A-League club Melbourne City and he has returned to Singapore to don the national team jersey for this month's friendlies against Thailand and Guam.

The versatile footballer, who plays as centre-back but has also been deployed as a right-back and defensive midfielder in Australia, is part of a 20-man squad announced by the Football Association of Singapore on Friday for the two matches.

Hariss Harun (Johor Darul Takzim I), Hassan Sunny (Army United), Shahril Ishak and Baihakki Khaizan (both Johor Darul Takzim II) are the other overseas-based players returning for national team duty.

Home United goalkeeper Hyrulnizam Juma'at and LionsXII defender Madhu Mohana have earned recalls to the squad.

Singapore will face Thailand at the 80th Birthday Stadium in Korat on March 26 before they host Guam on March 31 at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

Singapore squad

Goalkeepers: Izwan Mahbud (LionsXII), Hassan Sunny (Army United), Hyrulnizam Juma'at (Home United)

Defenders: Afiq Yunos, Hafiz Abu Sujad, Madhu Mohana (all LionsXII), Baihakki Khaizan (Johor Darul Takzim II), Shaiful Esah, Ismadi Mukhtar (both Tampines Rovers), Shakir Hamzah, Al Qaasimy Rahman (both Courts Young Lions), Safuwan Baharudin (Melbourne City)

Midfielders: Gabriel Quak, Zulfahmi Arifin, Faris Ramli (all LionsXII), Hariss Harun (Johor Darul Takzim I), Shahril Ishak (JDT II)

Forwards: Sahil Suhaimi, Khairul Amri (both LionsXII), Shahfiq Ghani (Courts Young Lions)