9 football players from Northeast feature in National Squad

Guwahati, September 21: Stephen Constantine’s squad representing India in the upcoming 2019 Asian Cup qualifier is out and a lot of faces seem to be from the Northeast.

Assam’s Alen Deory who plays for Shillong Lajong, Mizoram’s Lalruatthara who plays for Kerala Blasters, Jerry Lalrinzuala also from Mizoram, who plays for Chennaiyin FC, Meghalaya’s Eugeneson Lyngdoh currently playing for Atletico de Kolkata, Assam’s Halicharan Narzary who plays for NorthEast United and Jeje Lalpekhlua currently with Chennaiyin FC have made the cut. Manipur’s Salam Ranjan Singh, Jackichand Singh and Udanta Singh too have made it to the team.

Here’s the full squad:

GOALKEEPERS: Subrata Paul (Jamshedpur FC), Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (Bengaluru FC), Amrinder Singh (Mumbai City FC), Vishal Kaith (FC Pune City)

DEFENDERS: Pritam Kotal (Delhi Dynamos), Sandesh Jhingan, Lalruatthara (Kerala Blasters), Nishu Kumar (Bengaluru FC), Anas Edathodika (Jamshedpur FC), Salam Ranjan Singh (East Bengal) , Sarthak Golui (FC Pune City) Jerry Lalrinzuala (Chennaiyin FC), Narayan Das (FC Goa)

MIDFIELDERS: Jackichand Singh (Kerala Blasters), Udanta Singh (Bengaluru FC), Nikhil Poojary (East Bengal), Eugeneson Lyngdoh (Atletico de Kolkata), Rowllin Borges (NorthEast United), Md. Rafique (East Bengal), Anirudh Thapa, Germanpreet Singh (Chennaiyin FC) Halicharan Narzary (NorthEast United)

FORWARDS: Balwant Singh (Mumbai City FC), Alen Deory (Shillong Lajong), Jeje Lalpekhlua (Chennaiyin FC), Sunil Chhetri (Bengaluru FC), Hitesh Sharma (Atletico de Kolkata), CK Vineeth (Kerala Blasters)

The Indian football team has dropped 10 places to be placed 107 in the latest FIFA ranking released on Thursday. The Sunil Chhetri-led side notched up two victories and a draw in three matches after they were placed 97th last month.