Hosts India have announced their 21-man squad for the 2017 FIFA Under 17 World Cup, on Thursday.
Head coach Luis Norton de Matos submitted the list of players who will get the golden opportunity to don the blue shirt and represent India in the finals of a FIFA competition for the very first time, and that too, as hosts.
Come next month, the India U17 team will rub shoulders with their contemporaries on the world stage after months of rigorous training and exposure trips abroad. While most of this squad had been first drafted in by former coach Nicolai Adam, there have been a few inclusions after Luis Norton de Matos' arrival earlier this year.
Led by Amarjit Singh Kiyam, the Colts in Group A will face the United States of America on the opening day of the event, which begins on 6 October. Colombia and Ghana are the two other teams which make up the group. India will play its group games at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in the national capital, New Delhi.
The list of the 21 selected players follows below:
GOALKEEPERS: Dheeraj Singh, Prabhsukhan Gill, Sunny Dhaliwal;
DEFENDERS: Boris Singh, Jitendra Singh, Anwar Ali, Sanjeev Stalin, Hendry Antonay, Namit Deshpande;
MIDFIELDERS: Suresh Singh, Ninthoinganba Meetei, Amarjit Singh Kiyam, Abhijit Sarkar, Komal Thatal, Lalengmawia, Jeakson Singh, Nongdamba Naorem, Rahul Kannoly Praveen, Md. Shahjahan;
FORWARDS: Rahim Ali, Aniket Jadhav.
This selection of India U17 players is the first to have received such an extensive amount of monetary and technical support, far greater than any age-group national teams in the country.
Head coach Luis Norton de Matos, who only took over the reins of the team in March 2017, will guide the young guns into what will be India's maiden tryst with FIFA competition's finals, creating a new landmark, putting India on the footballing map at last.