"Seven players have been selected for the Nehru Cup from the U-22 side. I have been with the senior team for some time, but it's a big achievement for the boys who will come in new," he said.
Popularly known as 'Dika,' Ralte has however warned that it won't be a piece of cake for the newbies to perform with the India seniors.
"Everyone knows it's not easy to play for the national team, but playing under a new coach (Arthur Papas) with a new football style, I am very happy that the youngsters are making their presence felt.
"Competition will always be there but the seniors are here to help the juniors get comfortable. I have also learned from them as I have been with the seniors for about one year and I'm sure that it's going to be the same for the new guys."
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The midfielder has meanwhile switched from Goan outfit Churchill Brothers SC to Kolkata giants East Bengal for the ensuing I-League season 2012-13.
"I have not yet trained with East Bengal. I'll be going to Kolkata on 22nd July. I have to play football as per expectations," the 19-year-old acknowledges the kind of pressure he will face at his new club.
Talking about his chances to break into the first XI, he said, "I will try my best to feature in the first team as much as possible, the rest depends on the coach."
Meanwhile, in the Lunglei district of Mizoram, Lalrindika Ralte is making the best of the off-season in his hometown while training a bunch of kids.
"I am training a few kids from my locality. The Lunglei District Football Association (LDFA) have requested me to train with them for some time in the morning and share some knowledge with the children too.
"There is a lot of excitement among the kids and I also get an opportunity to interact with the future talent. It's a nice feeling to be a part of a cause like this."
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