FIFA U-17 WC: India announces final squad

The AIFF announced the 21 players who have made it to the final squad that will represent India at the FIFA U-17 World Cup that is scheduled to begin on October 6.

“We believe that we are prepared for the FIFA U-17 World Cup. We have worked hard and made progress," said coach Matos.   -  Special Arrangement

The AIFF announced the 21 players who have made it to the final squad that will represent India at the FIFA U-17 World Cup that is scheduled to begin on October 6.

India has been drawn in Group A alongside USA, Colombia and Ghana, and will face USA on October 6, followed by Colombia and Ghana on October 9 and October 12 respectively at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi. 

“We believe that we are prepared for the FIFA U-17 World Cup”, said coach Luis Norton de Matos. “We have worked hard and made progress, but at the same time we go directly to a high level competition against some of the best teams in the world.

“We will fight to win each match even if there is only five percent chance of winning. We will not give up and nothing is impossible in football.

“We plan to show the world that we are on the same page as them”, Matos added. 

In an effort to field a strong team for the tournament, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) provided exposure tours for the India U-17s wherein they faced Macedonia, Serbia and Benfica amongst other teams. The team had also participated in a four-nation tournament in Mexico where it lost against Mexico and Colombia, but held Chile to a 1-1 draw with ten men.

“Against Chile and Macedonia we registered good results but the FIFA U-17 World Cup will be a competition and competitions are different from friendly matches,” Matos informed. 

“However, the level of the players is very high and we plan to give it our all once the FIFA U-17 World Cup kicks-off”, Matos quipped. 

Final squad:

GOALKEEPERS: Dheeraj Singh, Prabhsukhan Gill, Sunny Dhaliwal 

DEFENDERS: Boris Singh, Jitendra Singh, Anwar Ali, Sanjeev Stalin, Hendry Antonay, Namit Deshpande

MIDFIELDERS: Suresh Singh, Ninthoinganba Meetei, Amarjit Singh Kiyam, Abhijit Sarkar, Komal Thatal, Lalengmawia, Jeakson Singh, Nongdamba Naorem, Rahul Kannoly Praveen, Md. Shahjahan

FORWARDS: Rahim Ali, Aniket Jadhav 

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