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A number of old faces return to the squad as interim coach V. Sundramoorthy picks his first Lions squad to face Bahrain in a friendly before taking on Jordan five days later.

Interim Singapore national team coach V. Sundramoorthy has picked a final 23-man squad for the upcoming Asian Cup 2015 qualifier against Jordan, due to be played on February 6.

Home United defender Noh Rahman has been recalled to the international fold following a solid season for Singapore Armed Forces FC (now Warriors FC) in 2012, while his former teammate Erwan Gunawan is one of two uncapped players in the squad, with the other being midfielder Zulfahmi Arifin.

Other faces to return to the squad include the likes of Ismail Yunos and Sufian Anuar, with nine LionsXII players included as well. Regulars Shi Jiayi and Qiu Li have been dropped, while Mustafic Fahrudin and Hariss Harun are ruled out with injury and veteran striker Aleksandar Duric has retired from the international scene.

Sundram, who is taking charge of the national team for the first time, is confident that the blend of experience and youth in the squad will serve them well in their quest for Asian Cup qualification.

“We have several young players who may be playing in the Asian Cup qualifiers for the first time, but I believe they have shown their potential and have also matured over the past months," he said.

"I look forward to the senior players, including those who were part of the AFF Suzuki Cup winning team, to play a key role in guiding the younger ones during the competition.

"I am confident that the players will give their all for the Asian Cup qualifiers."

Singapore are bidding to qualify for the Asian Cup for only the second time in their history, as they open their Group A campaign in Amman, with Syria and Oman the other teams in the group.

The team will depart for Bahrain on Tuesday, January 29 for a friendly against the hosts on February 1, before traveling to Jordan. The flight number is EK 355, scheduled for 9.35pm at Terminal 1, Changi Airport.

Full Name

Position

Age

Club

Caps

Goals

Ismail Yunos

DF

26

Home United FC

17

0

Juma'at Jantan

DF

28

Home United FC

28

0

Hafiz Rahim

FW

29

Home United FC

6

0

Noh Rahman

DF

32

Home United FC

78

0

Firdaus Idros

MF

26

Home United FC

3

0

Baihakki Khaizan

DF

28

LionsXII

95

3

Fazrul Nawaz

FW

27

LionsXII

62

6

Izwan Mahbud

GK

22

LionsXII

19

0

Isa Halim

MF

26

LionsXII

51

1

Shahril Ishak

MF

29

LionsXII

104

11

Irwan Shah

DF

24

LionsXII

18

0

Safuwan Baharudin

DF

21

LionsXII

23

0

Shakir Hamzah

DF

20

LionsXII

1

0

Zulfahmi Arifin

MF

21

LionsXII

0

 0

Erwan Gunawan

FW

25

Warriors FC

0

 0

Daniel Bennett

DF

35

Warriors FC

122

6

Hassan Sunny

GK

28

Warriors FC

33

0

Sufian Anuar

FW

25

Warriors FC

1

0

Shaiful Esah

DF

26

Tampines Rovers FC

32

1

Firdaus Kasman

MF

25

Tampines Rovers FC

5

0

Khairul Amri

FW

27

Tampines Rovers FC

76

15

Shahdan Sulaiman

MF

24

Tampines Rovers FC

27

2

Sim Wei Zhi Joey

GK

25

Geylang International

1

0

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