Indian football team's coach Igor Stimac has named his squad that leaves for Doha today for India's upcoming three international games in the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers as well as AFC Asian Cup China 2023 qualifiers from June 3 onwards.
India is set to play Qatar on June 3, Bangladesh on June 7 and Afghanistan on June 15. The Blue Tigers are currently fourth in their table and would need as many points as possible to finish third, so they can gain automatic qualification for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifying third round.
June 3: India vs Qatar (IST 10.30pm).
June 7: Bangladesh vs India (IST 7.30pm).
June 15: India vs Afghanistan (IST 7.30pm).
India’s 28-man squad:
DEFENDERS: Pritam Kotal, Rahul Bheke, Narender Gahlot, Chinglensana Singh, Sandesh Jhingan, Adil Khan, Akash Mishra, Subhasish Bose
MIDFIELDERS: Udanta Singh, Brandon Fernandes, Liston Colaco, Rowllin Borges, Glan Martins, Anirudh Thapa, Pronay Halder, Suresh Wangjam, Lalengmawia Ralte, Sahal Abdul Samad, Mohammed Yasir, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Bipin Singh, Ashique Kuruniyan.
FORWARDS: Ishan Pandita, Sunil Chhetri, Manvir Singh.
Ashutosh Mehta, Rahul KP and Asish Rai miss out due to injuries.
India started their World Cup qualifying journey with a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Oman at home. They came back strong to attain a historic draw against Qatar in Doha. They then managed draws against Bangladesh and Afghanistan before suffering a narrow 1-0 loss to Oman.
Igor Stimac would want his Blue Tigers to finish their qualification round games on a strong note.