Smarting from their 0-2 loss to Uzbekistan in their Group E opening match of the Asian Football Confederation's (AFC) Under-23 Championship, the Indian team will seek redemption against Syria here on Sunday.
National football coach Stephen Constantine on Wednesday announced the list of 32 probables for India's forthcoming home and away matches for the preliminary joint qualification round 1 for the 2018 FIFA World Cup against Nepal.
Gurjinder Singh and Adil Khan are the two new faces in the 23-member squad announced by national football coach Savio Medeira for the upcoming AFC Challenge Cup, which begins in Kathmandu, Nepal on March 9.
Ignored for the upcoming AFC Challenge Cup, veteran Indian midfielder Climax Lawrence has announced his retirement from international football and then criticised national coach Savio Medeira who retorted by saying that "a coach cannot tell a player when to retire".
Bhaichung Bhutia is not fully fit to last full 90 minutes against Bayern Munich in his farewell exhibition match here on Tuesday but is upbeat that he will lead the national team one last time against the top European side.
As his wards prepare to take a shot at the the SAFF Championship title, Indian football coach Savio Medeira on Thursday said that no team is favourite from the semifinals onwards and the one that commits minimum mistake will go on to win the tournament.