Indian Football

India skipper Sunil Chhetri welcomes move by FIFA to hold World Cup every two years

Arjun Singh Devgan
Sunil Chhetri is India's highest all-time goalscorer
Sunil Chhetri is India's highest all-time goalscorer / Matthew Ashton - AMA/GettyImages
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Indian footballing superstar and skipper, Sunil Chhetri has welcomed plans by FIFA and former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger to hold the World Cup every two years, as it will give more opportunities to countries who have not played the tournament before a chance to participate in it.

Wenger, who is the current Chief of Global Football Development for FIFA has pushed forward the idea of hosting the World Cup every two years and recently interacted with captains of national countries during an online video call of which Chhetri was a part of.

“During the meeting (with Wenger) I said having the World Cup every two years will always be welcomed by teams like us, who either have not played, narrowly miss out or need more chances. Also, one part of me thinks the World Cup is very sacred. It's a huge tournament and the wait makes it wonderful," he said during the interaction.

"But that's the old school fan in me. The player in me and the Indian football in me knows if qualifiers happens every two years, we will have more opportunities.

It will be interesting whether Wengers idea goes through considering that this move by FIFA has come from criticism from a number of football federations and players.

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