Football: Stange calls up squad of 21 for friendlies against Hong Kong and Macau

Singapore's national football coach Bernd Stange has called up a blend of experienced heads and youngsters for the Lions' friendlies against Hong Kong and Macau.

The away matches against Hong Kong (Oct 10) in Mong Kok Stadium and Macau (Oct 14) in the Macau Olympic Complex, will be used as warm-ups before November's Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup, which is co-hosted at the Sports Hub.

Singapore are the defending champions. The Lions are drawn in Group B alongside Thailand, Malaysia and the winner of the qualification group for the lower-ranked Asean teams.

The German's selection has picked 21 men for the trip, of which no less than 11 are from the LionsXII. The squad has an average of 25.1 years.

Stange's team has battle-hardened veterans in two centurions - Skipper Shahril Ishak (112 caps) and first-choice centre-back Baihakki Khaizan (106 caps).

At the opposite end of the spectrum, Tampines Rovers winger Ismadi Mukhtar, 30, who is uncapped at international level while 18-year-old Courts Young Lions defender Amirul Azmi has one cap to his name.

The squad

Goalkeepers: Izwan Mahbud (LionsXII), Hassan Sunny (Warriors FC)

Defenders: Shaiful Esah (Tampines Rovers), Al Qaasimy Abdul Rahman, Amirul Azmi (both Courts Young Lions), Baihakki Khaizan, Safuwan Baharudin, Afiq Yunos, Hafiz Abu Sujad (all LionsXII)

Midfielders: Zulfahmi Arifin, Gabriel Quak, Faris Ramli (all LionsXII), Hariss Harun (Johor Darul Takzim I), Shahdan Sulaiman, Ismadi Mukhtar (both Tampines)

Forwards: Fazrul Nawaz (Home United), Shahril Ishak (Johor Darul Takzim II), Shahfiq Ghani, Khairul Amri, Khairul Nizam (all LionsXII), Sahil Suhaimi (Young Lions)

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