'Nehru Cup victory made me proud' - Indian International Sushil Kumar Singh

Goal.com exclusively catches up with Sushil Kumar Singh, who earned a call up to the Indian national side to face Palestine...

With Shillong Lajong only managing a 2-2 draw against unfancied Air India, Sushil Singh was one disappointed man, as far his club’s form is concerned, but on the other hand he had a reason to cheer as he had made the cut for the 23-man Indian national squad to face Palestine in an international friendly on February 6 at Kochi.

“I feel good (to be finally back in the national set up). The coach is new and so I'm sure everyone will get a chance to play and prove themselves,” he said as he returns into the national team fold after a period of 10 months, having last appeared in the AFC Challenge Cup under then coach Savio Medeira.

Many players tend to lose their confidence when not selected in the national team though Sushil isn't one amongst them. “I never thought like that (questioned why I wasn't selected). I was obviously sad, but I kept working hard, knowing that I am moving in the right direction.”

The striker stressed how glad he was to see India lift the Nehru Cup trophy under Wim Koevermans, even though he did not make the cut for that particular squad.

“The Nehru Cup victory was a very happy moment. I only thought whether I can play that well as the team played," the Manipur born forward told Goal.com.

“I was very proud. Whether it’s the cricket team doing well or football, it is always a moment to cherish,” he continued.

When quizzed about Lajong’s poor form in the I-League this season given that they lie in the 10th spot on the table, Singh said, "We are obviously working hard, but I don’t think we have (had) the required luck this time. A lot of games have been 50-50 which haven’t gone our way.”

His view on the inclusion of 3 foreign players in every side is much different than most. While most believe that it reduces the chances in the starting XI for the local players, Singh has his own perspective to it which he explains by just saying that, "Indian players can learn from them and improve themselves."

Although he does feel that had fewer foreign players not been here, Indians would obviously get more of a chances, but then again that’s where the trade off needs to be decided.


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