Anas Edathodika recalled from retirement as Stimac names 35 players probable squad

Anas had earlier in January announced his retirement from International Football after succumbing to an injury in India's final AFC Asian Cup group game

Anas had earlier in January announced his retirement from International Football after succumbing to an injury in India’s final AFC Asian Cup group game

India had found itself lacking in central defense options to partner alongside Sandesh Jinghan in Kings Cup with Rahul Bheke being made makeshift CB against Curacao. The lack of coordination was quite visible as India ended with 3-1 loss. Against Thailand, Adil Khan started alongside Jhingan and gave a good account of himself producing crucial blocks as well as providing the assists for the Thapa’s goal.

Despite Adil’s stellar performances, Coach Igor Stimac is in need of some reinforcement options at the back and for that Anas has been recalled for the upcoming Hero Intercontinental Cup in July.

Anas on his return to International football stated, “The respect I earned while playing for the Blue Tigers is something which has pushed me to challenge myself again. I’m equally passionate and focused like what I was one year back. I’m ready to push myself more.”

35 players have been selected for the national team camp starting on June 25 in Mumbai for the Hero Intercontinental Cup.

The list is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Vishal Kaith, Amrinder Singh, Kamaljit Singh

Defenders: Rahul Bheke, Pritam Kotal, Nishu Kumar, Anas Edathodika, Salam Ranjan Singh, Sandesh Jhingan, Adil Khan, Anwar Ali, Sarthak Golui, Narender, Subhasish Bose

Midfielders: Udanta Singh, Jackichand Singh, Nikhil Poojari, Anirudh Thapa, Raynier Fernandes, Pronay Halder, Rowllin Borges, Vinit Rai, Sahal Abdul, Amarjit Singh, Brandon Fernandes, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Mandar Rao Desai, Ashique Kuruniyan, Soosairaj Michael

Forwards: Sunil Chhetri, Balwant Singh, Jobby Justin, Farukh Choudhary, Manvir Singh

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