India’s head-coach Stephen Constantine has said that he has been successful in accomplishing the goals set for him during his 18-month tenure as the boss of world’s second most populous country.
Team India ranked 170th in the global rankings when the Englishmen took-over and they have certainly made some strides under his guidance as The Blue Tigers are now the 156th ranked team in the world.
India won the SAFF Championship under Constantine’s guidance and they are also in contention to secure a berth for the Asian Cup to be held in 2019.
The 53-year-old English tactician has broken the routine selection process as an impressive 28 players have been handed debut’s by him.
Most of whom were not playing in I-League and ISL, player like Rowllin Borges, Arjun Tudu, Lallianzuala Chhangte have gone on to earn ISL contracts.
“Any player that I select for the national team can easily walk into an I-League and ISL side,” Constantine said.
He was full of praise for his scouting team, saying that it was because of this network that he had been able to identify and pick players for the national team.
Constantine also spoke about his future plans for the team.
“We have to try and continue to develop the pool of players which we have. The only way which it will happen is by playing games. And I need time before the games. Obviously we are going to be in a group of four in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup UAE Qualifiers. I have always stressed on developing the scouting network and the national team has benefited hugely as we have had many scouted from my network who have played international football.”