Under-17 WC: Jackson Singh optimistic of India's chances

The midfielder, part of the Minerva Punjab FC Academy, which won the AIFF U-16 Youth League, says the team gained valuable experience during its exposure trip to Europe.

Indian midfielder Jackson Singh (second from left) during a media interaction ahead of the under-17 draw ceremony.   -  Photo Courtesy: Twitter/AIFF

Indian midfielder Jackson Singh is optimistic of his team’s chances at the FIFA under-17 World Cup. The 16-year-old — visibly overawed, while interacting with the media ahead of the under-17 draw ceremony — said: “I’m excited to represent the country in a World Cup. Obviously, I am a bit nervous; we will play against big teams and possibly the biggest matches of our careers.  But we will give our best.”

The midfielder, part of the Minerva Punjab FC Academy, which won the AIFF U-16 Youth League, said the team gained valuable experience during its exposure trip to Europe. “The quality of the game is way ahead in Europe and we played teams like Italy and Serbia. We are figuring ways to keep the ball and you learn a lot when you take on top teams,” the youngster said.

Jackson has also set his sights on plying his trade in Europe post the World Cup. “Obviously, the first target will be Europe, There’s a lot to gain there. But, I am also very fond of Bengaluru FC. They have done a wonderful job and it will be a dream to play for them.”