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U-23 players get India senior team call-up

New Delhi: 13 U-23 players who were part of the Indian squad that emerged runners-up in the SAFF Cup 2018 last month have been called up by national coach Stephen Constantine for a training camp in New Delhi as part of the senior national team’s preparation for the friendly against China PR.

India, who are preparing for the AFC Asian Cup 2019 UAE, will play China PR on October 13 at the Suzhou Olympic Sports Centre Stadium.

The 29-member squad will assemble in New Delhi on Monday for the two-day camp before they leave for China PR on Wednesday.

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The friendly against China PR is among several planned as India gear up for their challenge in Group A of the AFC Asian Cup 2019 UAE. Also in the group are hosts the United Arab Emirates, Thailand and Bahrain.

China are in Group C with Korea Republic, the Philippines and Kyrgyz Republic.

"China are a strong team and the match will be a tough test for us. But we need to play these sort of games right now. Getting to play under pressure is important and an away fixture in China is exactly the kind of game we need,” said Constantine.

"Hopefully everyone stays free from injury as it's going to be an important game for the build-up to the AFC Asian Cup in January.”

India Squad

Goalkeepers: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Vishal Kaith, Amrinder Singh, Karanjeet Singh.
Defenders: Pritam Kotal, Sarthak Golui, Sandesh Jhingan, Anas Edathodika, Salam Ranjan Singh, Subhasish Bose, Narayan Das.
Midfielders: Udanta Singh, Nikhil Poojary, Pronay Halder, Rowllin Borges, Germanpreet Singh, Anirudh Thapa, Souvik Chakraborti, Vinit Rai, Halicharan Narzary, Bikash Jairu, Ashique Kuruniyan, Lallianzuala Chhangte.
Forwards: Sunil Chhetri, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Balwant Singh, Sumeet Passi, Manvir Singh, Farukh Choudhary.

Source: All India Football Federation

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