The Indian football team head coach Igor Štimac has announced a 23-man squad ahead of the World Cup Qualifier against Bangladesh on October 15th at the Salt Lake Stadium.
Here’s the makeup of the squad:
GOALKEEPERS: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Amrinder Singh, Kamaljit Singh.
DEFENDERS: Pritam Kotal, Rahul Bheke, Adil Khan, Narender, Sarthak Golui, Anas Edathodika, Mandar Rao Dessai, Subhasish Bose.
MIDFIELDERS: Udanta Singh, Nikhil Poojary, Vinit Rai, Anirudh Thapa, Abdul Sahal, Raynier Fernandes, Brandon Fernandes, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Ashique Kuruniyan.
FORWARDS: Sunil Chhetri, Balwant Singh, Manvir Singh.
A notable exclusion to the Indian squad is experienced defender Sandesh Jhingan who was injured in a friendly against Northeast United held recently in preparation for the World Cup Qualifier. The Kerala Blasters’ man has torn his anterior cruciate ligament and will undergo surgery which will sideline him for up to six months.
Players who were part of the national camp, but missed out on the final squad are Anwar Ali, Farukh Choudhary, Halicharan Narzary, Jerry Lalrinzuala and Nishu Kumar.
India will be looking for a win against Bangladesh after losing to Oman and drawing against Qatar in the first two matches of their FIFA World Cup ’22/AFC Asian Cup ’23 qualifying campaign.