The India national football squad are scheduled to return back to international action in March, with two friendlies being scheduled against Oman and United Arab Emirates on 25th and 29th of this month respectively, with the matches set to take place in Dubai.
This recent development has delighted a number of India's football stars who believe that the scheduling of international football after a break would only be beneficial for Indian football as a whole.
"With international sports having shut down owing to the pandemic situation, I am aware as to how difficult it is to arrange matches under the current scenario. I need to thank the All India Football Federation and the coaching staff for arranging this. Both the matches are against very tough oppositions whom we would love to play against, and test ourselves," Gurpreet Singh Sadhu said as quoted by New Indian Express.
Key central defender, Sandesh Jhingan meanwhile was ecstatic by the news claiming that the upcoming two games are "massive" for the country.
"It's a great piece of news which the entire nation was waiting for. It's massive for the fans, and for us players as well as we haven't played an international match in the last one and half years. Thanks to the AIFF for arranging this. It's important for us to get back into the system of Igor Stimac, start training and improving. There are crucial games coming up in June which would be followed by the Qualifiers of the Asian Cup China 2023. The camp in March is just extra days to train and improve together as a team. I am extremely happy."
The national team members have been called up for a preparatory camp in Dubai from March 15 onwards, in order to prepare for the two games.