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Stephen Constantine Announces 30-Member Indian Football Squad For Intercontinental Cup

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| May 10 , 2018 , 17:29 IST

Indian football team coach Stephen Constantine on Thursday announced a 30-member squad for a preparatory camp ahead of the Intercontinental Cup which is slated to be held in Mumbai from June 1.

The summoned players are to assemble for the camp in Mumbai on May 16 while players from Bengaluru FC will be reporting to the camp on May 18 after finishing their club commitments for the AFC Cup.

"We need to play more International games before the AFC Asian Cup and here we are getting some international games against good opponents. New Zealand is going to be a difficult team to deal with," he said in a statement.

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"Chinese Taipei will give us different problems. They play the same kind of football akin to Thailand who are clubbed with us in the Asian Cup. Kenya are renowned for their physical prowess and strength. The tournament is going to be very crucial for us," he added.

When asked about the AFC Asian Cup in 2019, the coach said there still a long way to go.

"I always look for more options as the set of players who are with me now might not be available then. An injury or a bad patch might come in between. Players should come to the camp with an open mind and give their best. We might have some difficult decisions to make in future," he stated.

Squad:  

Goalkeepers: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Vishal Kaith, Amrinder Singh, Sanjiban Ghosh.

Defenders: Lalruatthara, Davinder Singh, Pritam Kotal, Anas Edathodika, Sandesh Jhingan, Salam Ranjan Singh, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Narayan Das, Subhasish Bose.

Midfielders: Udanta Singh, Laldanmawia Ralte, Seiminlen Doungel, Dhanapal Ganesh, Souvik Chakraborti, Md. Rafique, Rowllin Borges, Pronay Halder, Anirudh Thapa, Bikash Jairu, Halicharan Narzary.

Forwards: Sunil Chhetri, Balwant Singh, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Manvir Singh, Alen Deory, Ashique Kuruniyan.