Constantine appoints Arnab Mondal as India captain

The East Bengal centre-back will lead the national team out when they face Oman in their opening World Cup qualifier match.

India national team coach Stephen Constantine has appointed Arnab Mondal as his side's captain. The 25 year-old defender will lead the team out for the first time when they face Oman in their opening Group D qualifiers match for the 2018 World Cup on Thursday at the Kanteerava Stadium, Bengaluru.

The 52 year-old coach also took the opportunity to name India's leading goal scorer and Bengaluru FC skipper, Sunil Chhetri as the team's vice-captain.

"I would like to announce Mondal as captain with Chhetri as vice-captain," Constantine revealed, speaking on the eve of his side's fixture.

Experienced custodian, Subrata Paul wore the armband when India beat Nepal over two legs in the preliminary qualifiers. However, a swift shift with regard to the team's captaincy is not out of the ordinary under the British-Cypriot tactician. During his brief but successful stint in charge of the Rwanda national team, he had used four separate captains over the course of eight months.

Mondal has been capped 12 times for the national side.