New Delhi [India], Oct 10 (ANI): Indian men’s football team coach Stephen Constantine on Tuesday announced a 22-member squad for the team’s first-ever international fixture against China at the Suzhou Olympic Sports Centre Stadium in Suzhou city on October 13.
Revealing the team combination, the head coach informed that the Sunil Chhetri-led side would go in the tournament without their forward player Balwant Singh as he had to be dropped from the squad due to some unavoidable circumstances.
"As his passport will expire in less than six months, he was denied a Chinese visa," he stated before the departure of the team.
Reflecting on the upcoming match, Constantine mentioned that although the clash is labeled as a 'friendly', it was a serious affair for the entire team. "Friendly or no-friendly, it’s the Indian national team. It’s only a friendly game for the world but not for us," he said.
The 22-member squad is as follows:
Goalkeepers - Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Amrinder Singh, Karanjit 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, Anirudh Thapa, Vinit Rai, Halicharan Narzary, Ashique Kuruniyan.
Forwards - Sunil Chhetri, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Sumeet Passi, Farukh Choudhary. (ANI)