A day after Indian origin coach Robin Dutt of Bayer Leverkusen pitted his wits against Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona in the Uefa Champions League, Holland-based Indian origin player Luciano Narsingh was called up to the Netherlands provisional squad for the international friendly against England later this month.
Aged only 21, Luciano is of Indo-Surinamese descent and currently plies his trade with Dutch Eredivisie outfit Heerenveen. The versatile attacking midfielder has already represented the Netherlands at the under-21 level but this is his first call up to the senior setup.
Open football trials
New Delhi: The All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) plan to start the regional and elite academies kicked off with the first open trial for U-14 players at the Jawahar Lal Nehru stadium here on Thursday. Technical manager for regional academies, Scott O’Donnell, said, “We’ve picked four kids from here and I shall be heading to Kolkata tomorrow to be present at the trail there over the weekend. 77 players have already been picked up from the U-14 fest held in Kalyani and more youngsters will be added from seven cities.”