Razman Roslan rejects national call-up for Liverpool clash

Pahang defender Mohn Razman Roslan has rejected the opportunity to be part of a Malaysia XI squad that will be taking on Liverpool later this month.

The towering Pahang skipper received a national call-up yesterday, as the Football Association of Malaysia released the list of 20 players that would be facing the Reds.

But Razman has now confirmed that he’s informed Dollah Salleh about his intention of pulling out from the squad, claiming that he’s at an age where he prefers to focus his energy on club level football with Pahang FA.

“I’ve contacted the coach (Dollah Salleh) to withdraw from the team earlier but I am still pending for his say about my decision.” He said, as quoted by Harian Metro.

“I do not want to be blamed if I fail to report for training, but if the coach wants me to join the team, I will oblige and respect his decision. I just feel like I am not in the right condition to play, which concerns me as I might not be able to perform at my best. He also dropped hints of not being happy, having missed out on previous national call-ups by Dollah.

“I am already 31 years old, not 22. Previously, when I was in shape and raring to go, I was not called up however it’s perplexing as this time I am called up when I’m not prepared.”

He will now be waiting for the final decision from Dollah Salleh. Should Razman be absent from the squad, that would leave Afif Amiruddin as the only recognizable Malaysian center-back in the team. The two other central defenders are foreigners in the form of Robert Cornthwaite and Thiago Aquino.

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