Ashutosh Mehta, Ishan Pandita, Rahul KP & other players who have earned their maiden India call-up

Akash Mishra, Ashutosh Mehta, Ishan Pandita
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From Ashutosh Mehta to Akash Mishra, here are 10 players who have got a national team call-up for the first time in their career...

Igor Stimac, on Tuesday, announced the Indian team's 35-member preliminary squad that will travel to Dubai for a national camp and also played friendly matches against Oman and UAE.

Several new faces have been added to the Indian squad like Ashutosh Mehta, Akash Mishra, Mashoor Shereef, Lalengmawia and more.

In this list, we take a look at the 10 players who have made it to the national team preliminary squad for the first time in their career.

  1. Ashutosh Mehta (NorthEast United)
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    #1 Ashutosh Mehta (NorthEast United)

    Experienced Indian full-back Ashutosh Mehta has finally earned his maiden national team call-up after an impressive performance for the NorthEast United in the ISL this season. The 30-year-old defender has appeared in 16 matches this season scoring one goal and providing two assists. He is an integral part of the NorthEast United side which made it to the play-offs this season for the second time in the club's history.
  2. Mashoor Shereef (NorthEast United)
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    #2 Mashoor Shereef (NorthEast United)

    The 28-year-old defender has been impressive in his debut season in the ISL and has played nine matches at the league stage for NorthEast United. Under Khalid Jamil's tutelage the late-bloomer has blossomed and has earned his first ever national team call.
  3. Lalengmawia (NorthEast United)
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    #3 Lalengmawia (NorthEast United)

    Another NorthEast United player who has been at the best of his form this season is Lalengmawia Ralte or Apuia as he is known. The young midfielder has been a revelation this season. He has been a part of the Highlanders lineup in every single match this season and has even led the team in some matches at the tender age of 19.
  4. Akash Mishra (Hyderabad FC)
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    #4 Akash Mishra (Hyderabad FC)

    The 19-year-old left-back has been a revelation this season under the tutelage of Manuel Marquez. The youngster has played in every single match in the league and was one their finest performers this year.
  5. Mohammed Yasir (Hyderabad FC)
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    #5 Mohammed Yasir (Hyderabad FC)

    Mishra's teammate Mohammed Yasir has also earned his maiden national team call-up after an impressive season with Hyderabad FC. Manuel Marquez did a fine job in getting the best out of the winger who can also play as a number 10.
  6. Liston Colaco (Hyderabad FC)
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    #6 Liston Colaco (Hyderabad FC)

    The former FC Goa man has finally come into the limelight this season after an impressive stint with Hyderabad FC. Colaco has impressed a lot of people with his trickery with the ball, the composure and his ability to score goals.
  7. Rahul KP (Kerala Blasters)
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    #7 Rahul KP (Kerala Blasters)

    The young Indian winger has been mighty impressive at Kerala Blasters this season. Rahul KP appeared in 17 out of 20 matches this season and had scored three times, twice against Bengaluru in both faces and once against FC Goa.
  8. Bipin Singh (Mumbai City)
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    #8 Bipin Singh (Mumbai City)

    One of the best Indian players and the only hat-trick scorer of this season's ISL, Bipin Singh has rediscovered himself under Sergio Lobera's tutelage at Mumbai City. Singh has played 19 matches this season far where he scored five goals.
  9. Ishan Pandita (FC Goa)
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    #9 Ishan Pandita (FC Goa)

    'Super-sub' Ishan Pandita has grabbed all the limelight this season due to his ability to score come off the bench in the dying moments of the match and score goals. The striker has played nine matches so far and has come off as a substitute in every single game. In fact, he has played only 50 minutes but has managed to score four goals.
  10. Suresh Wangjam (Bengaluru FC)
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    #10 Suresh Wangjam (Bengaluru FC)

    Suresh Wangjam, in this season, has become an integral part of the Bengaluru side as he has played 19 matches where he has started in 18. Wangjam was impressive in his box-box-box role and has thrived against quality oppositions which has prompted the national team coach to select the youngster in his preliminary squad.