Indian national team coach Stephen Constantine has called 31 players ahead of the team’s international friendly against China on October 13, 2018, at Xuzhou Olympic Sports Centre Stadium, Jiangsu.
The players are to report to Delhi latest by October 8th for a two-day camp before they embark for China. From the 23-man squad for the Intercontinental Cup earlier this year, several players have been dropped.
Chennaiyin FC’s Jerry Lalrinzuala and Kerala Blasters’ Lalruatthara have been left out of the squad. Mumbai City FC’s Mohammed Rafique and Alen Deory, East Bengal’s Laldanmawia Ralte are also among those who were overlooked. Interestingly Chennaiyin midfielder Dhanapal Ganesh has been named in the squad but he recently underwent a surgery and will be out of action for a considerable period of time.
Meanwhile, Karanjit Singh has been recalled while the likes of Vinit Rai, Sumit Passi and Farukh Choudhary been handed a chance with the senior squad after their SAFF Championship stint with the India Under-23 team.
Notably, only one player from I-League, East Bengal defender Salam Ranjan Singh has been included in this squad.
Goalkeepers: Gurpreet Sandhu, Vishal Kaith, Amrinder Singh, Karanjit Singh
Defenders: Pritam Kotal, Sarthak Golui, Davinder Singh, Sandesh Jhingan, Anas Edathodika, Salam Ranjan Singh, Subhashish Bose, Narayan Das
Midfielders: Pronay Halder, Rowlin Borges, Germanpreet Singh, Anirudh Thapa, Souvik Chakrabarti, Vinit Rai, Udanta Singh, Nikhil Poojari, Halicharan Narzary, Bikash Jairu, Ashique Kuruniyan, Lalrinzuala Chhangte, Dhanapal Ganesh.
Strikers: Balwant Singh, Sunil Chhetri, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Farukh Choudhary, Sumit Passi, Manvir Singh