17-year-old Ben Davis makes Singapore squad.

The Singapore national football team has a new face.

On 13 March, Singapore head coach V. Sundram Moorthy included 17-year-old Fulham U-18 midfielder Benjamin Davis when he confirmed the 23-man squad for the upcoming International ‘A’ friendly against Maldives and the 2019 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup Qualifier against Chinese Taipei.

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This is the maiden call-up for Davis, who plays for Fulham FC’s Under-18 side.

Davis said: “I was pleasantly surprised to receive the call up and this moment means a lot to me as I have always wanted to play for the National Team.

“My training at Fulham FC has been enriching and I am learning all the time.

“I will be making the most of this opportunity to learn from Coach Sundram and the more experienced players whom I will be joining.”

Davis, a product of JSSL Singapore football academy, is a former Singapore Sports School student.

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He represented the national U-18 team for the Asian Football Confederation U-18 Championship qualifiers in October, and was also a member of the national U-16 side.

Apart from Davis, the squad also named uncapped Geylang International FC defender Anders Aplin and Young Lions striker Ikhsan Fandi, who has also been named on standby to travel with the team.

Earning recalls are Albirex Niigata’s Adam Swandi, Hougang United FC attacker Iqbal Hussain and experienced centre-back Baihakki Khaizan, who plays for Thai second-tier side Udon Thani FC.

Singapore will play Maldives on 23 March 2018 at the National Stadium in the lead-up to their final Asian Cup Qualifier match away against Chinese Taipei on 27 March.

Full squad list and ticketing details here.

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