National Coach Stephen Constantine announced his squad of 23 members for India’s campaign in the forthcoming AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019. India play their first match against Thailand on January 6, with matches against hosts UAE and Bahrain slotted for January 10, and January 14, respectively.
Constantine said: “It was very important to keep on the continuity. It’ll be silly of me to completely change the way we do things. Most of these boys are with us for some time now.”
“The other five boys (from the list of 28) will also stay with us until January 2, 2019. In case of an injury or anything else happens, these five boys will need to step up,” he added. “We are looking forward to the massive tournament. We hope these 23 boys will do a good job for us.”
The Blue Tigers were the first among 23 visiting teams to arrive in Abu Dhabi on December 20. A 28-member squad had travelled to Abu Dhabi and have been practicing in an effort to acclimatize themselves to the conditions.
The final list of 23 is as follows (jersey numbers in brackets):
GOALKEEPERS: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (1), Vishal Kaith (16), Amrinder Singh (23).
DEFENDERS: Pritam Kotal (20), Sarthak Golui (4), Sandesh Jhingan (5), Anas Edathodika (22), Salam Ranjan Singh (2), Subhashish Bose (3), Narayan Das (21).
MIDFIELDERS: Udanta Singh (15), Jackiechand Singh (18), Germanpreet Singh (6), Pronay Halder (14), Anirudh Thapa (7), Vinit Rai (8), Rowllin Borges (17), Ashique Kuruniyan (13), Halicharan Narzary (19).
FORWARDS: Sumeet Passi (9), Balwant Singh (10), Sunil Chhteri (11), Jeje Lalpekhlua (12).