FC Bengaluru United's Shreyas Ketkar included in India U-19 team

Ketkar who honed his skills under former India international Gouramangi at Bengaluru United, said he is "excited" about the U-19 call-up.

Shreyas Ketkar

FC Bengaluru United midfielder Shreyas Ketkar has been included in the country's U-19 team.   -  Special Arranagement

FC Bengaluru United midfielder Shreyas Ketkar has been named in the Indian U-19 team.

The 17-year-old had honed his skills while training under former India international Gouramangi Singh, who is currently the assistant coach at FC Bengaluru United.

"It was an honour to be coached under him and play alongside him during practice. He used to play with us for fun and give instructions while playing," Ketkar said.

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"He is one of the greatest ever players. He is always open to suggestions. Drawing from his own experience at the highest level, he tells the players what to do in different situations," he added.

He continued that he hopes to make it to the senior team. "I am very excited to train with the India U-19 squad, but my goal is to not only play for the India U-19 team but to definitely play for the Indian Senior Team one day. However, I have to take one step at a time.

"Hopefully, I can do well here and eventually move into the senior team. My immediate goal is to make it to the India U-19 squad for the U-19 AFC Cup in 2022," he said.

Having been a part of Bengaluru United's U-18 academy batch, Ketkar got his first taste of the I-League (senior team) when he played for FC Bengaluru United from October 2020 to January 2021.

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Shortly after playing for Bengaluru United in the second division last year, Ketkar impressed the selectors during the trials held by first division I-League team Indian Arrows and moved to the side on loan.

Ketkar acknowledged the role of the "coaches and staff and players" at FC Bengaluru United in helping him grow and learn as a player. "They gave a chance to everyone, even young players like me. We got a chance to play and compete in the second division. I learnt a lot about the game in a different way," he said.

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