Lions coach Stange names squad for football friendlies against China and Hong Kong

Singapore national football coach Bernd Stange has named a largely unchanged 22-man squad for next month's friendlies against China and Hong Kong from the side that lost 0-2 to Oman in last week's Asian Cup qualifier.

Centre-back Shariff Samad (Woodlands Wellington), left-back Hafiz Abu Sujad (LionsXII), left winger Gabriel Quak (LionsXII) and striker Sahil Suhaimi (Courts Young Lions) were not called up.

In their place, left-backs Irwan Shah and Shakir Hamzah return from injury while striker Fazrul Nawaz (all LionsXII) has earned a recall.

The Lions will face China on Sept 6 in Tianjin before they are hosted by Hong Kong on Sept 10. These friendlies will give Stange a chance to gel his squad before Singapore's next Asian Cup qualifier against Syria at Jalan Besar on Oct 15.

The Singapore squad:

Goalkeepers: Izwan Mahbud (LionsXII), Hassan Sunny (Warriors FC), Fadhil Salim (Hougang United)

Defenders: Faritz Hameed, Baihakki Khaizan, Safuwan Baharudin, Shakir Hamzah, Irwan Shah (all LionsXII), Ismail Yunos (Home United), Afiq Yunos (Young Lions), Zulfadli Zainal Abidin (Warriors)

Midfielders: Hariss Harun, Isa Halim (both LionsXII), Noh Rahman (Home), Anumanthan Mohan Kumar (Young Lions), Adam Swandi (FC Metz)

Forwards: Indra Sahdan (Home), Khairul Amri (Tampines Rovers), Qiu Li (Balestier Khalsa), Shahfiq Ghani, Shahril Ishak, Fazrul Nawaz (all lionsXII)