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Stephen Constantine: Lallianzuala has a lot of work to do

India's Lallianzuala in against Nepal

Indian National Coach Stephen Constantine said there has to be a “lot of ingredients in his players for the National Team whom I want.”

Constantine was speaking at the official post match Media Interaction after India romped into the semifinals of the ongoing SAFF Suzuki Cup 2015 in Trivandrum beating Nepal 4-1 in their second group match.

“There are talents like Lallianzuala all over the country. You just need to look out for them. It was during a tournament that Lee Johnson and myself picked him up for the U-19 National Team. He was a part of the DSK Academy who are doing a good job,” he said in one breath.

“But when an 18-year old scores two goals in a match there have been instances that they get to get carried away.”

“The boy needs to keep his feet on the ground and he still has a long way to go.”

Constantine also made a mention of Rowlin Borges whom he described as a “box to box player.”

“At the ISL draft I had told many to pick him up. But at that time he wasn’t good enough for all. But he was good enough for me because I always believed in the quality he possesses. Maybe, now they will pick him up” he stated.

“We changed five people that had not played together as the back four. If you go to a club team such a combination will take some one or two years to develop. And here we are trying to do it in five matches. There’s a difference. The boys were a bit casual at the start and got the slap which they required.”

Lauding Sunil Chhetri’s work rate, Constantine branded it as “super.”

“He has been a great captain since I came over.”

Holicharan (Narzary) worked his socks off covering a lot of ground. He is another player who was often doubted as to why I always pick him for the squad. That was reason he was here.”

(Report & Photo courtesy AIFF Media)