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13 under-23 players summoned by Constantine for two-day camp before China friendly

India coach Stephen Constantine with skipper Sunil Chhetri

New Delhi, October 6: Thirteen under-23 players who were part of the Indian squad in the SAFF Suzuki Cup 2018 last month have been summoned by national coach Stephen Constantine for the camp in New Delhi as part of the Senior National Team’s preparation for the International Friendly against PR China.

India are slated to play PR China on October 13 at the Suzhou Olympic Sports Centre Stadium. The 29-member squad will assemble in the capital for the two-day camp before they leave for China on Wednesday (October 10).

This is the first time the Senior national team is travelling to China to play in an International match. The two sides last met in the Nehru Cup in Kochi back in 1997.

In order to prepare for the forthcoming AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019, India are slated to play a few International friendlies in the coming months and the coach feels “these are the kind of games we need.”

"China are a strong team and the match will be a tough test for us. But we need to play these sort of games right now. Getting to play under pressure is important and an away fixture in China is exactly the kind of game we need,” he stated. "Hopefully everyone stays free from injury as it's going to be an important game for the build-up to the AFC Asian Cup in January.”


The 29-member squad summoned for the preparatory camp is as follows:

GOALKEEPERS: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Vishal Kaith, Amrinder Singh, Karanjeet Singh.

DEFENDERS: Pritam Kotal, Sarthak Golui, Sandesh Jhingan, Anas Edathodika, Salam Ranjan Singh, Subhasish Bose, Narayan Das.

MIDFIELDERS: Udanta Singh, Nikhil Poojary, Pronay Halder, Rowllin Borges, Germanpreet Singh, Anirudh Thapa, Souvik Chakraborti, Vinit Rai, Halicharan Narzary, Bikash Jairu, Ashique Kuruniyan, Lallianzuala Chhangte.

FORWARDS: Sunil Chhetri, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Balwant Singh, Sumeet Passi, Manvir Singh, Farukh Choudhary

Source: AIFF

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