Indian Football: Players who have made their international debuts under coach Igor Stimac

Last Updated
AIFF

India were held to a 1-1 draw by Nepal on Thursday, in an international friendly match at the Dasharath Stadium in Kathmandu Nepal.

Croatian coach Igor Stimac handed FC Goa right full-back Seriton Fernandes and Chennaiyin FC attacker Rahim Ali their international debut as both the players came on as a substitute in the second half.

With Seriton and Rahim Ali's debut, the total number of Indian players who made their debuts under Stimac is now 21.

Let's take a look at all the players who have made their international debut under Stimac.

  1. Sahal Abdul Samad Curacao India King's Cup 2019
    Goal

    Sahal Abdul Samad

    The Kerala Blasters midfielder made his international debut against Curacao on June 5, 2019 in the semifinal of the King's Cup held in Thailand. India had lost the tie 1-3 where Sunil Chhetri had scored the solitary goal for the Blue Tigers.
  2. Brandon Fernandes India Curacao

    Brandon Fernandes

    Like Sahal, the FC Goa midfielder made his international debut against Curacao on June 5, 2019 in the semifinal of the King's Cup held in Thailand. He had featured in the starting lineup and had played for 67 minutes in the game.

  3. Rahul Bheke India

    Rahul Bheke

    The Bengaluru FC defender was the third player to make debut for India in their King's Cup tie against Curacao on June 5, 2019. Bheke featured in the starting lineup as a centre-back, alongside Sandesh Jhingan.
  4. Amarjit Kiyam India
    AIFF Media

    Amarjit Singh

    Amarjit Singh, who had lead India in the U17 World Cup in 2017, made his senior international debut against Curacao on June 5, 2019 in the King's Cup. Singh did not feature in the starting lineup but he came on as a substitute replacing Pronay Halder at the centre of the park in the 46th minute of the match.
  5. Raynier Fernandes Curacao India King's Cup 2019
    AIFF Media

    Raynier Fernandes

    Just like Amarjit Singh, Mumbai City's Raynier Fernandes made his international debut in the same Curacao tie where he had come on as a change for Lallianzuala Chhangte in the 46th minute of the match.
  6. Michael Soosairaj India camp

    Michael Soosairaj

    The ATK Mohun Bagan player made his debut in the match against Curacao after he had come on as a substitute for Brandon Fernandes in the 67th minute of the game.
  7. Narender Gahlot, India v Syria

    Narender Gahlot

    The Jamshedpur FC defender made his international debut against Tajikistan on July 7, 2019 in India's opening match in the Intercontinental Cup. India had lost the tie 4-2 despite taking a resounding 2-0 lead at half time courtesy of Sunil Chhetri's brace. Narender Gahlot had also scored his maiden international goal in the final match of the tournament against Syria which helped the Blues Tigers end their campaign with at least a point.
  8. Jobby Justin Manvir Singh India DPR Korea Intercontinental Cup 2019
    AIFF Media

    Jobby Justin

    Similar to Narender Gahlot, former East Bengal forward Jobby Justin made his international debut against Tajikistan in the Intercontinental Cup. But unlike Gahlot who featured in the starting lineup, Justin came on as a substitute in the 88th minute replacing Sunil Chhetri.
  9. Ashutosh Mehta, India
    AIFF

    Ashutosh Mehta

    An impressive season with NorthEast United earned Ashutosh Mehta his maiden national team call-up. The 30-year-old right-back made his international debut against Oman on March 25, 2021. The match ended in a 1-1 draw.
  10. Akash Mishra, India
    AIFF

    Akash Mishra

    The young left-back was mighty impressive in his debut ISL season which earned him a national team call-up. He made his international debut against Oman in a friendly game in Dubai on March 25, 2021.
  11. Suresh Wangjam, India
    AIFF

    Suresh Wangjam

    The Manipuri midfielder was one of the few bright spots in an otherwise poor season of Bengaluru FC in the ISL season seven. After an impressive show with the Blues, Suresh Wangjam made his international debut against Oman in a friendly tie in Dubai on March 25, 2021.
  12. Bipin Singh, Oman vs India
    AIFF

    Bipin Singh

    Bipin Singh was the joint second highest Indian goal scorer in ISL season seven and was a vital cog in Mumbai City's title-winning campaign. The former Shillong Lajong winger made his international debut against Oman on March 25, 2021.
  13. Jeakson Singh Mohun Bagan Indian Arrows I-League 2017/2018
    I-League

    Jeakson Singh

    The former Indian U17 midfielder also made his senior India debut in a friendly game against Oman in Dubai on March 25, 2021. The Manipuri midfielder had featured in the starting lineup.
  14. Chinglensana Singh Hyderabad ISL 7
    ISL

    Chinglensana Singh

    Chinglensana Singh returned to the national setup after a long gap of five years. The Hyderabad FC defender had earlier represented the country in a unofficial friendly match against Bhutan but he finally made his official international debut against Oman in Dubai on March 25, 2021.
  15. Mohammed Yasir, India
    AIFF

    Mohammed Yasir

    Another Hyderabad FC player who made his international debut against Oman on March 25, 2021, was attacking midfielder Mohammed Yasir. But unlike his teammate Chinglensana Singh, Yasir was introduced in the game as a substitute.
  16. Ishan Pandita, India
    AIFF

    Ishan Pandita

    Ishan Pandita proved to be a 'super-sub' for FC Goa in his maiden season in the ISL. His goal scoring prowess earned him a national team call-up after just one season in India. Pandita made his international debut against Oman on March 25, 2021, where he came on as a substitute.
  17. Lalengmawia, India
    AIFF

    Lalengmawia Ralte

    Lalengmawia Ralte or Apuia as he is popularly known made his international debut against Oman on March 25, 2021 in a friendly game where he came as a substitute in the second half. The youngster garnered a lot of praise for his impressive performance on his debut.
  18. Mashoor Shereef, India
    AIFF

    Mashoor Shereef

    Among all the 10 players who made their international debuts against Oman on March 25, 2021, NorthEast United defender Mashoor Shereef played the least number of minutes on his debut match. The former Chennai City player was introduced in the game by coach Igor Stimac in the 90th minute of the match.
  19. Liston Colaco, UAE vs India
    AIFF

    Liston Colaco

    The Hyderabad FC winger made his international debut on March 29, 2021, against UAE at the Zabeel Stadium in Dubai. Unfortunately, India lost the tie 6-0.
  20. India's Glan Martins fighting for the ball against Qatar
    AIFF Media

    Glan Martins

    FC Goa midfielder Glan Martins made his international debut in the first of the 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup joint qualifier games in June against Qatar on June 3, 2021. The Goan came on as a 68th minute substitute for Lalengmawia.
  21. Seriton Fernandes Nepal India International Friendly
    AIFF Media

    Seriton Fernandes

    The FC Goa right-back came on as a substitute at the beginning of the second half against Nepal in a friendly on September 2, 2021, replacing Akash Mishra at the Dasharath Stadium in Kathmandu, Nepal.
  22. Rahim Ali Nepal India International Friendly
    AIFF Media

    Rahim Ali

    The Chennaiyin forward replaced Glan Martins in the second half of the friendly match against Nepal at the Dasharath Stadium in Kathmandu on September 2, 2021. Rahim Ali bagged the man of the match award on his international debut.