Declan hopes to earn first Harimau cap at King's Cup

KELANA JAYA: Defender Declan Lambert hopes to impress national coach Kim Pan Gon to earn his first international cap.

The 24-year-old is part of the 24-member squad who will travel to Chiang Mai for the King's Cup next week.

Declan earned his first Harimau Malaya call-up following his impressive performance for KL City in the M-League.

"I feel very honoured," said Lambert before training at Wisma FAM here today.

"It's a good thing to be called up for international duty. Hopefully, I will make Malaysia proud at the King's Cup.

"I can play in any position in defence. However, my favourite position is right-back."

Declan moved to KL City this year after spending a few seasons in the Dutch League with FC Den Bosch, who play in the second-tier league.

"I hope to learn from the experience in Chiang Mai and impress the coach," said Declan, who plays left-back for KL City.

Meanwhile, Johor Darul Ta'zim centre-back Shahrul Saad has been released from national camp due to illness.

Pan Gon declined to elaborate further.

However, Timesport understands Shahrul's condition is not serious.

With his absence from the King's Cup, the door will be open for Dominic Tan, Sharul Nazeem and Khuzaimi Piee to pair up with Dion Cools in the heart of the Malaysian defence.

Malaysia will open their King's Cup campaign against hosts Thailand.

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