Francis Fernandes was a part of the India Under-23 team that went on a 19-day training camp to Czech Republic where they also played three practice games. Along with Sunil Chhetri and Robin Singh, they were the three senior members in the team preparing for the upcoming Asian Games.
Although India drew one and lost two, Fernandes was happy with his personal performance.
"I am happy with my performance in these three matches. Obviously I can improve but this tour was a good experience to play for the national team and gel with all the players,” he told Goal.
The former Salgaocar player however, was bemused that they failed to notch up a single win in the tour and believes it was more down to failing to convert the chances that came their way.
"We always created a lot of chances but the main problem was to finish them and that is where we were lacking. Even in the last game (against TJ Domažlice which India lost 3-1), we created 6 or 7 chances in the first half but could not convert any. The same story repeated in the second half as well. We played well as a team but we just needed to score."
The Delhi Dynamos star also said that preparation for the Asian Games was going well and India stood a good chance.
"We still have a couple of practice matches left and we also fly to China for a couple of practice games. So I think it gives us an opportunity to play together as a team and I am sure that we will do well."
When asked about the Indian Super League (ISL) where Fernandes will turn up for the Delhi Dynamos this season, he was enthusiastic to be a part of DEN Network owned franchisee.
"I am very happy to be picked up by Delhi Dynamos. I think we are a very good team and stand a good chance in the tournament. However we do need to wait for the foreign players selections as that too would be important."
Fernandes was positive about the upcoming ISL and believes that it’s good initiative on the part of IMG-Reliance.
"I think it’s a good move. And almost all Indian players have signed up to be a part of it so I think it will go well."