By FOX Sports staff
Having fallen to a 2-0 defeat to Oman in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers, Singapore already have it all to do if they are to qualify from Group A and book their trip to Australia.
With their next qualifier coming up in October against Syria, friendlies against China and Hong Kong have been lined up at the start of next month to prepare the Lions for the do-or-die encounter.
However, Stange has not been tempted to make too many changes as he has retained 19 players from the squad that took on Oman, recalling only the LIONSXII trio of Shakir Hamzah, Irwan Shah and Fazrul Nawaz.
Half of the 22-man roster come from the reigning Malaysia Super League champions, including stalwarts like Shahril Ishak, Baihakki Khaizan, Isa Halim and Hariss Harun, but the German tactician also looks to be willing to use talent from the Great Eastern-YEO's S.League.
Warriors FC left-back Zulfadli Zainal Abidin, a late inclusion last month after Shaiful Esah withdrew through injury, has been called up once more, along with Courts Young Lions duo Afiq Yunos and M. Anumanthan, and Hougang goalkeeper Fadhil Salim.
Having named seven players under the age of 23, Stange reveals he is not only looking towards building towards October's qualifier against Syria, but also to the end-of-year Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Myanmar.
"In addition to preparations for the upcoming Asian Cup qualifying match in October, the matches against China and Hong Kong will further facilitate the development of young players who are likely to present Singapore at the SEA Games in December," he said in a press release by the Football Association of Singapore (FAS).
"China [are] one of Asia's top teams and their recent results at the East Asian Cup also reflect the quality of their team.
"We look forward to both matches. I would also like to thank the S.League clubs for their support towards the national team."
The players dropped by Stange are LIONSXII duo Hafiz Abu Sujad and Gabriel Quak, Woodlands Wellington centre-back Shariff Samat and Young Lions forward Sahil Suhaimi.
Singapore squad for friendlies against China and Hong Kong
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, Noh Rahman (both Home United), Afiq Yunos (Courts Young Lions), Zulfadli Zainal Abidin (Warriors FC)
Midfielders: Isa Halim, Hariss Harun (both LIONSXII), M. Anumanthan (Courts Young Lions), Adam Swandi (Metz)
Forwards: Indra Sahdan Daud (Home United), Khairul Amri (Tampines Rovers), Qiu Li (Balestier Khalsa), Shahfiq Ghani, Shahril Ishak, Fazrul Nawaz (all LIONSXII)
Image courtesy of FAS