India announces squad for friendly against China

The last time the two sides met was in the Nehru Cup in Kochi in 1997, which China had won 2-1.

India football team coach Stephen Constantine with the team. (File Photo)   -  H. Vibhu

Stephen Constantine on Tuesday announced a 22-member squad for India’s first-ever international football match in China to be played in Suzhou on October 13.

Striker Balwant Singh has been dropped because his passport expires in less than six months. He was denied the Chinese Visa.

Out of the 17 matches played between the two countries so far, China has won 12. The rest of the five matches ended in draws.

The last time the two sides met was in the Nehru Cup in Kochi in 1997, which China had won 2-1.

The squad:

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.