Former India midfielder Renedy Singh has hit out at national team coach Stephen Constantine over his squad selection for their game against Kyrgyz Republic in the Asian Cup, revealing that the Englishman should have taken this opportunity to give a chance to those stars who impressed in the recently concluded I-League.
Constantine recently named 32 players in his list of probables for the Asian Cup clash, with a number of fans and former players criticising him for leaving out some in-form players while including players who have not got regular gametime for their clubs.
Renedy for his part, believed that Michael Soosairaj and Sukhdev Singh, two players who have had brilliant I-League campaigns this season should have been given a run-in.
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“We have already qualified for the Asian Cup. Even if we lose this match, we will still play the tournament. This is a game where we should have put players like Soosairaj and Sukhdev. This was the best chance for these players to come in and see how international football is," Renedy said as quoted by Hindustan Times.
"We know that we hardly play friendlies against strong teams, so this was the best chance to try. If they are good enough in I-League, then they can (adapt to international football). But at the end of the day, it is the coach who decides,” he added.
India who have already qualified for the next stage of the Asian Cup, face Kyrgyz Republic on Tuesday, the 27th of March.