Former India national team skipper, Bhaichung Bhutia, criticised coach, Stephen Constantine, claiming that he is tinkering too much with the squad.


Bhutia believes that India could do really well in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, but asked Constantine to stop shuffling things around too much and start finding players to form a core squad to help the team in the future, similar to what his predecessor, Bob Houghton, did.




"You can’t keep changing it (the team). If you look at world football, you’ll see that the core of the team is always there and you bring in players who have done well in the leagues etc to the side and that’s how they manage," said Bhutia, as quoted by Hindustan Times.


"I think he (Constantine) should start working with having his core set of team and obviously as a coach he would know who are his more important players and then he can always experiment."


"In 2011 what we had was a core team. Bob Houghton really did not change the players much. I think we had a team that was together for a very long time and that is also something that’s required for the team this time around as well," he added.




India have been pitted in group A alongside UAE, Bahrain and Thailand. As part of their preparation, the Men in Blue will host a four-nation intercontinental tournament in Mumbai next month, with Kenya, New Zealand and Chinese Taipei as participants.