Meet The 21 Players Who Will Represent India For The First Time In A FIFA World Cup

The U-17 World Cup is knocking at the door as India will be hosting a FIFA World Cup for the very first time.

India have announced a 21-member squad for the U-17 tournament. The young guns will not only carry the hopes and dreams of 1.3 billion Indians on their shoulders, but they will also be the first footballers to represent their country in a FIFA World Cup.

Now let’s meet the young guns…

1) Dheeraj Singh

Dheeraj Singh

Position: Goalkeeper

DOB: July 4, 2000 – Moirang Manipur

Favourite Footballers: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Petr Cech

Favourite Teams: Bengaluru FC, Real Madrid[espl_divider style=”dotted”]

2) Prabhsukhan Gill

Prabhsukhan Gill

Position: Goalkeeper

DOB: January 1, 2001 – Ludhiana, Punjab

Favourite Footballers: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Gigi Buffon

Favourite Teams: Bengaluru FC, Real Madrid[espl_divider style=”dotted”]

3) Boris Singh

Boris Singh

Position: Defender

DOB: January 3, 2000 – Imphal, Manipur

Favourite Footballers: Udanta Singh, Cristiano Ronaldo

Favourite Teams: NorthEast United, Real Madrid[espl_divider style=”dotted”]

4) Jitendra Singh

Jitendra Singh

Position: Defender

DOB: June 13, 2001 – Kolkata, West Bengal

Favourite Footballers: Sunil Chettri, Arturo Vidal[espl_divider style=”dotted”]

5) Anwar Ali

Anwar Ali

Position: Defender

DOB: August 28, 2000 – Jalandhar, Punjab

Favourite Footballers: Sandesh Jhingan, Sergio Ramos

Favourite Teams: Delhi Dynamos, Real Madrid[espl_divider style=”dotted”]

6) Sanjeev Stalin

Sanjeev Stalin

Position: Defender

DOB: January 17, 2001 – Bengaluru, Karnataka

Favourite Footballers: Stalin Sr., Diego Maradona

Favourite Teams: Lucky Star, Arsenal[espl_divider style=”dotted”]

7) Hendry Antonay

Hendry Antonay

Position: Defender

DOB: May 22, 2000 – Bengaluru, Karnataka

Favourite Footballers: Rino Alto, Marcelo

Favourite Teams: Bengaluru FC, Real Madrid[espl_divider style=”dotted”]

8) Suresh Singh

Suresh Singh

Position: Midfielder

DOB: August, 2000 – Imphal, Manipur

Favourite Footballers: Milan Singh, Toni Kroos

Favourite Teams: NorthEast United, Real Madrid[espl_divider style=”dotted”]

9) Ninthoinganba Meetei

Ninthoinganba Meetei

Position: Midfielder

DOB: July 13, 2001 – Imphal, Manipur

Favourite Footballers: Sunil Chhetri, Cristiano Ronaldo

Favourite Teams: Bengaluru FC, Real Madrid[espl_divider style=”dotted”]

10) Amrjit Singh Kiyam

Amrjit Singh Kiyam

Position: Midfielder

DOB: January 6, 2001 – Thoubal, Manipur

Favourite Footballers: Udanta Singh, Andres Iniesta

Favourite Teams: NorthEast United, Barcelona[espl_divider style=”dotted”]

11) Abhijit Sarkar

Abhijit Sarkar

Position: Midfielder

DOB: January 5, 2000 – Kalyani, West Bengal

Favourite Footballers: Cristiano Ronaldo

Favourite Teams: ATK, Real Madrid[espl_divider style=”dotted”]

12) Komal Thatal

Komal Thatal

Position: Midfielder

DOB: September 9, 2000 – Nathang, Sikkim

Favourite Footballers: Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Philippe Coutinho

Favourite Teams: NorthEast United, Barcelona[espl_divider style=”dotted”]

13) Lalengmawia

Lalengmawia

Position: Midfielder

DOB: October 17, 2000 – Aizawl, Mizoram

Favourite Footballers: Lalrandika Ralte, Lionel Messi

Favourite Teams: Aizawl FC, Barcelona[espl_divider style=”dotted”]

14) Jeakson Singh

Jeakson Singh

Position: Midfielder

DOB: June, 2001 – Thoubal, Manipur

Favourite Footballers: Baichung Bhutia, Sergio Busquets

Favourite Teams: Bengaluru FC, Real Madrid[espl_divider style=”dotted”]

15) Nongdamba Naorem

Nongdamba Naorem

Position: Midfielder

DOB: January 2, 2000 – Imphal, Manipur

Favourite Footballers: Jackichand Singh, Antoine Griezmann

Favourite Teams: NorthEast United, Manchester United[espl_divider style=”dotted”]

16) Rahul Kannoly Praveen

Rahul Kannoly Praveen

Position: Midfielder

DOB: March 16, 2000 – Thrissur, Kerala

Favourite Footballers: I.M Vijayan, Cristiano Ronaldo

Favourite Teams: Churchill Brothers, Real Madrid[espl_divider style=”dotted”]

17) Md. Shahjahan

Md. Shahjahan

Position: Midfielder

DOB: October 3, 2000 – Imphal, Manipur

Favourite Footballers: Sunil Chhetri, Cristiano Ronaldo

Favourite Teams: Bengaluru FC, Real Madrid[espl_divider style=”dotted”]

18) Rahim Ali

Rahim Ali

Position: Srtiker

DOB: April 1, 2000 – Barrackpore, West Bengal

Favourite Footballers: Sunil Chhetri, Cristiano Ronaldo

Favourite Teams: Mohun Bagan, Real Madrid[espl_divider style=”dotted”]

19) Aniket Jadhav

Aniket Jadhav

Position: Striker

DOB: July 13, 2000 – Kolhapur, Maharashtra

Favourite Footballers: C.K Vineeth, Neymar

Favourite Teams: Pune FC, Barcelona[espl_divider style=”dotted”]

To increase the depth of the squad, head coach Luis Norton de Matos has also introduced two NRIs in the final squad.

Namit Deshpande and goalkeeper Sunny Dhaliwal will be the first NRIs to play for the Indian team.

In order to prepare the team for the upcoming tough challenges, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) had facilitated exposure tours for the India U-17s. The young guns locked horns with Macedonia, Serbia and Benfica and a host of other teams.

The boys also participated in a four-nation tournament in Mexico where they suffered defeats against Mexico and Colombia, but clinched a 1-1 draw against Chile despite having a player sent off.

The World Cup will begin from October 6 and will be held across six cities. India are in Group A alongside Colombia, Ghana and USA. The Indian colts will take on USA on October 6, followed by clashes against Colombia and Ghana on October 9 and October 12 respectively at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.

You can watch the high-octane U-17 FIFA World Cup action LIVE on Sony Ten 2 and Sony Ten 3.

Anirban Das
Anirban Das's journey to Delhi via Kolkata involves football, music, curiosity (which one day can kill the cat) and food. Following global football opens up an infinite space within him in both the conscious and subconscious self, away from the din and bustle of the madding crowd. Supports Manchester United & Barcelona

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