Constantine names 4 new footballers in list of 31 probables

India’s head coach Stephen Constantine on Monday announced list of 31 probables which included four new faces — Nishu Kumar, Subhashish Bose, Jerry Lalrinzuala and Milan Singh.

Stephen Constantine said that he chose Mumbai over other venues because the “weather conditions in Mumbai will be closest to Yangon.”   -  AP

India’s head coach Stephen Constantine on Monday announced list of 31 probables which included four new faces — Nishu Kumar, Subhashish Bose, Jerry Lalrinzuala and Milan Singh.

The senior Indian team will camping in Mumbai prior to its crucial Group A match against Myanmar in the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers UAE 2019 slated to be held in Yangon on March 28.

Constantine said that he chose Mumbai over other venues because the “weather conditions in Mumbai will be closest to Yangon.”

“Mumbai will be hot and humid much like what we will experience in Yangon when we play Myanmar in our first match,” he said.

The boys would be assembling in Mumbai from March 12 onwards as per their club commitments in the ongoing I-League and the AFC Cup.

“We have recruited players on basis of their consistent performances both from the Hero I-League and the Hero Indian Super League. I reiterate that the door is open for anyone who is eligible to play for India. But for that he must be prepared to do the work we need. We have selected the players from what we have seen over the last few months,” Constantine said.

India is slated to play Cambodia in an international friendly in Phnom Penh on March 22 as part of its preparation ahead of the crucial tie against Myanmar.

List of probables:

Goalkeepers: Subrata Paul, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Amrinder Singh, T. P. Rehneesh.

Defenders: Pritam Kotal, Nishu Kumar, Sandesh Jhingan, Arnab Mondal, Anas Edathodika, Dhanapal Ganesh, Fulganco Cardozo, Narayan Das, Subhashish Bose and Jerry Lanrinzuala.

Midfielders: Jackichand Singh, Setiyesen Singh, Udanta Singh, Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Milan Singh, Pronay Halder, Md. Rafique, Rowllin Borges, Halicharan Narzary, CK Vineeth, Anthony D’Souza and Issac Vanlalsawma.

Forwards: Jeje Lelkephlua, Sumeet Passi, Sunil Chhetri, Daniel Lalhimpuia and Robin Singh.