Hosts India set to face USA

Posted October 05, 2017

The Indian U-17 Football World Cup squad are already on their way to commence their campaign in the tournament which starts on October 6 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.

Luis Norton de Matos, who took over as head coach in March to replace Nicolai Adam, is among those calling for patience as his lineup takes "a first step for the future" of the game in India.

Recently it was witnessed that Delhi's air quality has started deteriorating, when asked if they will face any difficulty due to this, the coach said: "No, our concentration is only on football".

Meanwhile, Senior Team Skipper Sunil Chhetri has given some valuable advice to the young colts.

The six-feet-two inch defensive midfielder Jeakson Singh could be the key man who will strengthen the defence as well besides helping captain Amarjit and Suresh Singh in midfield.

De Matos was also questioned about which United States players he thought would be the main threats and he pointed out the two forwards most likely to trouble the Indian defence. The bulk of the under-17 squad come from the region, with Manipur accounting for as many as eight. The cricket star is a co-owner of Indian Super League side FC Goa and was a brand ambassador for the first season of Premier Futsal. The full team should play defence. The reason to be here is the AIFF and the government wanted a project (hosting the Under-17 World Cup) for Indian football.

India: Goalkeepers: Dheeraj Singh, Prabhsukhan Gill, Sunny Dhaliwal.

This tournament isn't the big one with the world's top footballers, but it is the biggest leap for football in the country. "So, I don't think much about the results and chances but I know my players will give their best".

The 2017 FIFA Under-17 World Cup is all set to kick off in India, but sadly, defending champions and five times winners Nigeria will be missing.

"We have to be focused on collective organisation". There is a lot more forces at play in life than just what we see. "There have been a few hiccups but if you look at the venues now, they've been completely transformed". We are still the best and we are going to prove to everyone that we are still the leaders.

"We will try to work on the Club World Cup". Others in the group are Chile and England. "My friends in Kolkata are making banners, buying replica shirts and getting extremely excited about watching the matches".