Under-17 World Cup: Chile announce final 21-member squad

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The South American team have announced their final set of 21 players who would play at the World Cup…

Chile Under-17 coach Hernan Caputto has named the 21-member squad who shall participate in the Under-17 World Cup in India next month.

The La Rojitas are clubbed alongside England, Iraq and Mexico in Group F whose matches will be hosted at the refurbished Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata. Only Mexico versus Chile on the final day of the group stage will be held at Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati.

Two months after the CONMEBOL qualifying ended, Caputto called in 25 players in the commune of Macul and started his preparations in late May. Chile was one of the participants of the Torneo de 4 Naciones in Mexico where India too was a part in early August.

Beginning with a 3-3 draw with Colombia, Mexico defeated Chile 3-1 in a match which will be replayed in the World Cup finals on 14 October in Guwahati. India too managed to hold Chile 1-1.

A few days later, twin defeats to the USA U-17 squad (3-0 and 1-0) in Portland meant Caputto's boys remained winless in five games of their tour to North America.

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The squad then travelled to Limoges, France. Participating in yet another quadrangular series, 1-0 and 2-0 wins against Belgium and Poland respectively set up a summit clash with fellow world-cuppers and hosts France.

A 0-0 draw was enough to crown them champions, providing Caputto's side with immense confidence before they touch down in Kolkata to play their first match against England on 8 October.

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