New Delhi: India's national team head coach Igor Stimac has named a 34-strong squad for a training camp ahead of the Asian Qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.
The training squad is spearheaded by India's record goal-scorer Sunil Chhetri, who is expected to wear the captain's armband when India play their opening Group E tie against Oman on September 5.
Also in the group are Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Qatar.
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India's training squad contains a mix of youth and experience with young players like Jobby Justin, Manvir Singh and Narender Gehlot included.
Regulars like Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Udanta Singh, Anirudh Thapa, Raynier Fernandes and Brandon Fernandes have also been included.
The match against Oman will be followed by an away tie against reigning AFC Asian Cup champions in Doha on September 10.
India Training Squad
Goalkeepers: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Amrinder Singh, Kamaljit Singh, Vishal Kaith.
Defenders: Rahul Bheke, Nishu Kumar, Pritam Kotal, Anas Edathodika, Sandesh Jhingan, Anwar Ali (Jr.), Narender Gahlot, Sarthak Golui, Adil Khan, Salam Ranjan Singh, Subhasish Bose, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Mandar Rao Dessai.
Midfielders: Nikhil Poojary, Udanta Singh, Anirudh Thapa, Raynier Fernandes, Vinit Rai, Sahal Abdul Samad, Amarjit Singh, Pronay Halder, Brandon Fernandes, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Halicharan Narzary, Ashique Kuruniyan.
Forwards: Balwant Singh, Sunil Chhetri, Jobby Justin, Farukh Choudhary, Manvir Singh.
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