It`s good to be back: Sandip Nandy

New Delhi: After having a successful year with East Bengal in the recently concluded I-league, the experienced custodian Sandip Nandy earned his place in the national camp and is now looking to have a long stint with the Indian team.

Sandip`s last stint with the national team was three years back, when he played in the 2007 Nehru Cup. The Bengali goalkeeper suffered a severe knee injury which sidelined him almost for a year.

"I am very happy. After three years, I am back in the national team camp and it`s really a nice feeling," Sandip told mediapersons on the fifth day of the preparatory camp for the World Cup Qualifier against UAE.

Sandip is among the few senior players in the camp who has played and served the country for long and feels that the composition of the team is very balanced.

"We have a good mix of youth and experienced players in the camp and the team is looking very balanced," said the former Mahindra United goalkeeper.

Sandip is very much aware of the competition and especially with Subrata Pal in the team, but at the same time feels that Subrata deserves all the praise having played so well for the country over the years.

"I am extremely happy for him and wish him all the best. He has played so well for the country and everyone is aware of this. I am here to give my best and will play to the best of my capabilities," he said.

"We are preparing very well for the upcoming match and also, there are lots of variations in the training session, but the most important thing is that, we are enjoying a lot," he further added.


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