Indian football team coach Stephen Constantine has announced the 23-man squad for the AFC Asian Cup, trimming the number down from 28.
The players who failed to make the cut from the preliminary squad are Manvir Singh, Farukh Choudhary, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Lalruatthara and Arindam Bhattacharya. However, Anas Edathodika and Pronay Halder have been selected despite their recent injury struggles.
2⃣3⃣-player-squad for @afcasiancup is announced— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) December 26, 2018
Defenders: Pritam Kotal, Sarthak Golui, Salam Ranjan Singh, Anas Edathodika, Sandesh Jhingan, Subhasish Bose, Narayan Das#BackTheBlue #AsianDream #BlueTigers
The final squad will now continue their preparations as they get ready for the Asian Cup in United Arab Emirates, scheduled to begin on January 5th.
The Blue Tigers will play a friendly in preparation for the tournament against Oman on December 27 at the Bani Yas Stadium in a closed-door preparatory match to acclimatise themselves to conditions in UAE and gain match practice.
India have been drawn in group A at the Asian Cup, alongside hosts UAE, Thailand and Bahrain. They will open their campaign against Thailand at the Al Nahyan stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Here's the full squad:
Goalkeepers: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (Bengaluru), Amrinder Singh (Mumbai City), Vishal Kaith (Pune City)
Defenders: Pritam Kotal (ATK), Sarthak Golui (Pune City), Sandesh Jhingan (Kerala Blasters), Anas Edathodika (Kerala Blasters), Salam Ranjan Singh (East Bengal), Subhasish Bose (Mumbai City), Narayan Das (Delhi Dynamos)
Midfielders: Udanta Singh (Bengaluru), Rowllin Borges (NorthEast United), Anirudh Thapa (Chennaiyin), Vinit Rai (Delhi Dynamos), Halicharan Narzary (Kerala Blasters), Ashique Kuruniyan (Pune City), Germanpreet Singh (Chennaiyin), Jackichand Singh (Goa), Pronay Halder (ATK)
Forwards: Sunil Chhetri (Bengaluru), Jeje Lalpekhlua (Chennaiyin), Sumeet Passi (Jamshedpur), Balwant Singh (ATK)