Finally, All India Football Federation announced the 21-member squad for the upcoming U-17 World Cup. India is in the Group A with America, Colombia, and Ghana.
Indian team coach Luis Norton de Matos said: “Our preparation for the U-17 World Cup has been on the planned track. Therefore, boys are ready to give their best against the best teams in the world”. So, India will face America in the group match on October 6 in New Delhi. On October 9 and October 12, they will play against Colombia and Ghana respectively.
List of the 21 selected players for U-17 World Cup :
- Goalkeeper: Dhiraj Singh, Prabhsukhan Singh Gill, Sunny Dhaliwal.
- Defender: Boris Singh, Jitendra Singh, Anwar Ali, Sanjeev Stalin, Hendry Antonay, Namit Deshpande.
- Midfielder: Suresh Singh, Ninthoinganba Meetei, Amarjit Singh Kiyam, Abhijit Sarkar, Komal Thatal. Lalengmawia, Jeakson Singh, Nongdamba Naorem, Rahul Kannoly Praveen, Md. Shahjahan.
- Forward: Rahim Ali, Aniket Jadhav.
This selection of India U17 players is the first to have received such an extensive amount of monetary and technical support, far greater than any age-group national teams in the country.
While, head coach Luis Norton de Matos only took over the reins of the team in March 2017. Now, he will guide the young guns into what will be India’s maiden tryst with FIFA competition’s finals. It will create a new landmark, putting India on the footballing map at last.
Read the journey and selection process of U-17 Indian National Team here.
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