India head coach Stephen Constantine gave youngsters Jerry Lalrinzuala, Subhasish Bose, Nishu Kumar and Milan Singh maiden call-ups to the national team’s preparatory camp for next month’s Asian Cup qualifier against Myanmar.
The camp starts in Mumbai on March 12 and 31 players have been called. India play Cambodia in a friendly on March 22. The match against Myanmar is away, on March 28.
Lalrinzuala was voted emerging player in the last ISL. Bose, Mohun Bagan’s under-22 regular, has been impressive in the I-League even though he began the competition with a red card.
Making a comeback to the list is Delhi’s Robin Singh who struck a brace for East Bengal against Bengaluru FC on Saturday. Singh was injured during the 2015 SAFF Championship which India won.
Also included are central defenders Arnab Mondal and Sandesh Jhingan even though both have had little game time in the I-League due to injuries.
Constantine though has said the players were chosen on the basis of their performance in ISL3 as well. Having done well in both competitions CK Vineeth too has been included. To the set list of goalkeepers, TP Rehenesh has been added perhaps because it would be a learning experience.
GOALKEEPERS: Subrata Paul, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Amrinder Singh, TP Rehnesh.
DEFENDERS: Pritam Kotal, Nishu Kumar, Sandesh Jhingan, Arnab Mondal, Anas Edathodika, Dhanapal Ganesh, Fulganco Cardozo, Narayan Das, Subhashish Bose, Jerry Lanrinzuala.
MIDFIELDERS: Jackichand Singh, Setiyesen Singh, Udanta Singh, Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Milan Singh, Pronay Halder, Md. Rafique, Rowllin Borges, Halicharan Narzary, CK Vineeth, Anthony D’Souza, Issac Vanlalsawma.
FORWARDS: Jeje Lelkephlua, Sumeet Passi, Sunil Chhetri, Daniel Lalhimpuia, Robin Singh.