Narzary, Ashique named among India's World Cup qualifiers probables

India begins its campaign for the FIFA World Cup 2022 against Oman and Qatar on September 5, and 10 respectively.

Kerala Blasters' winger Halicharan Narzary was part of India's AFC Asian Cup 2019 squad.   -  H. VIBU

Indian senior national team coach Igor Stimac has named his list of 35 probables for the preparatory camp for India’s forthcoming World Cup Qualifiers against Oman, and Asian Champion Qatar. The players will be assembling at the camp on August 19 in Goa, with practice kicking-off from the next day.

India begins its campaign for the FIFA World Cup 2022 against Oman and Qatar on September 5, and 10 respectively. While the match against Oman is slated to be held in Guwahati, India will be travelling to take on Doha in the next match. Afghanistan, and Bangladesh are the other two teams in the Group.

Winger Halicharan Narzary, who featured in every match of India's AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 campaign, got a call-up for the Camp, his first under Stimac. Besides, three players from Indian Arrows’ batch of 2018-19 – Narender Gahlot, Anwar Ali (Mumbai City FC), and Amarjit Singh also earned call-ups.

The list of 35 probables stay as follows:

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

DEFENDERS: Rahul Bheke, Nishu Kumar, Pritam Kotal, Anas Edathodika, Sandesh Jhingan, Anwar Ali, Narender Gahlot, Sarthak Golui, Adil Khan, Salam Ranjan Singh, Subhasish Bose, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Mandar Rao Dessai.

MIDFIELDERS: Nikhil Poojary, Udanta Singh, Anirudh Thapa, Raynier Fernandes, Vinit Rai, Sahal Abdul Samad, Amarjit Singh, Pronay Halder, Rowllin Borges, Brandon Fernandes, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Halicharan Narzary, Ashique Kuruniyan.

FORWARDS: Balwant Singh, Sunil Chhetri, Jobby Justin, Farukh Choudhary, Manvir Singh.