The Singapore national team is set to converge on Monday, July 15 for centralised training as they prepare for their upcoming Asian Cup qualifier against Oman on August 14 at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
Goal Singapore understands that several senior players have been left out of coach Bernd Stange’s squad, including Tampines Rovers duo Mustafic Fahrudin and Shahdan Sulaiman.
Having included starlet Adam Swandi in his first-ever Singapore side, which generated much buzz, the German looks to have made a bold move by omitting playmaker Shahdan.
Also in the cold are foreign-born players Daniel Bennett and Shi Jia Yi, who were both part of the 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup winning squad.
Qiu Li, who has six goals to his name in the S.League, is expected to be named in the latest list, alongside Home United striker Indra Shahdan Daud and Adam.
While Woodlands Wellington centreback Shariff Samat has earned a second consecutive call-up, fellow Ram Rosman Sulaiman is not in Stange’s plans at the moment.
“I feel a bit sad for him because he has been working hard this season,” Shariff commented on Rosman’s omission.
“As for me I am happy about the call-up and I do not want to stop here.
“It is easy to get a call-up but not easy to sustain it, but I will work very hard for it.”
Cementing his spot in the national team is Warriors FC custodian Hassan Sunny, who treasures every call-up to the Lions.
“I am very happy for it as you can see there are no certainties of any players that are guaranteed a place in the national team," he said.
“For myself, I never take things for granted and every call-up is a surprise for me, especially [as] the next game is against Oman and it is a very important game for us.”
While Shahdan will most likely not be participating in the upcoming training session, Hassan hopes that his S.League peer will not be discouraged by it.
“If he work hard and performs well during the S.League matches, I don’t see why he will not be called up for the next game," he said.
“If you are not in the team, it does not mean that you are not of national team quality.”
With several seniors out, it is widely speculated that youngsters such as the Courts Young Lions trio of Afiq Yunos, M. Anumanthan and Iqbal Hussein are all set to be included in the squad.