New Delhi: India winger Clifford Miranda sought to dispel perception that he performs better when playing for his club Dempo, saying there is no honour bigger than representing the national team.
After a mediocre outing against Afghanistan in the team`s opening fixture in the SAFF Football Championship, Miranda played a stellar role in India`s 5-0 rout of Bhutan yesterday, scoring two goals and creating quite a few openings.
And the time was apt for Miranda to make his point clear.
"Whether I am playing for my country or club, I always give my 100 per cent. There are times when you end up playing better for club but, as far as commitment is concerned, I always give my best. Playing for my country is the biggest honour," he said.
India`s performance yesterday was a far cry from their outing against Afghanistan, and Miranda had an answer to that.
"It took us some time to get used to the ground as we had never played at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. Yesterday, we did keep the ball in play."
Talking about the midfield, he said, "All of them - Climax (Lawrence), Steven (Dias), Anthony (Pereira) and Rocus (Lamare) -- are good players. In the national team, it takes sometime (before you hit the right chord)."
About his own performance, Miranda said, "I`m happy to have contributed to the team`s success. But one thing is for sure, we played well as a team and it gave us a victory.”
"When we win it`s because of team game, and similar is the case when we lose."