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India squad announced for World Cup qualifier against Iran

Indian National Team
Indian National Team

Photo courtesy: AIFF Media

A 23-member Indian National Team squad on Friday, September 4 afternoon arrived in ‘Namma Uru, Bengaluru’, for the forthcoming joint 2018 FIFA World Cup/2019 AFC Asian Cup preliminary round qualifier match against Asian giants Iran. The match against Iran is slated for September 8, the kick-off of which at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium is at 19.00 IST.

The Team had been training at DSK Shivajians in Pune from August 24 prior to arriving in the Garden City. Besides, Team India also played an International Friendly against Nepal on August 31 which ended in a goalless draw.

Speaking to AIFF Media, National Coach Stephen Constantine disclosed that he was “happy to be back in Bengaluru”.

“We have great support here. The fans are really behind the National Team. I appreciate that and so do the Players,” he stated.

“I hope we can give the fans something to cheer about. I will be very difficult match for us but that’s the time when you can discover on whom you can depend upon,” he added.

The September FIFA Rankings indicate that Iran are presently ranked 40 in the ladder with India at 155.

The boys were given a break in the afternoon and practice would resume from tomorrow Saturday, September 5 morning.

Reflecting back on the training stint in Pune, the Coach summed it in one word as awesome.

“The huge advantage that the DSK Campus has is that you have everything in one place. You have your medical facilities, the pool, the gym, rooms for screening and analysis in one Campus besides the two wonderful training grounds,” he stated.

“You have everything that you should have as a Club never mind a National Team.”

“Furthermore, the willingness of the authorities who were immensely proud to serve the National Team was awesome indeed. I need to thank Mr. Shirish Kulkarni and his Team and look forward to continuing to the relationship with them in the future,” he affirmed.


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(Report & Photo courtesy AIFF Media)