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Meet India's 23-man squad for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup

The Indian football team unveil their new kits ahead of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.
The Indian football team at the launch of their new kit ahead of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

Jerry Lalrinzuala and Arindam Bhattacharya missed out as Stephen Constantine picked an experienced 23-man squad for the Asian Cup. Here's a quick guide to the 23 Indians going to the UAE. 

GOALKEEPERS

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu 

International Caps: 26

Club: Bengaluru FC

Has made the number one his own since the last edition. Outstanding shot-stopper, together with his ability to distribute. Must improve off set-pieces.

Amrinder Singh

International Caps: 2

Club: Mumbai City FC

An able replacement for Sandhu, if required. Makes Mumbai City look better at the back than what they often are.

Vishal Kaith

International Caps: 4 

Club: FC Pune City

A fearless 'keeper in the Subrata Pal mould, Kaith may not see much game time, but offers a viable option on the bench.


DEFENDERS

Pritam Kotal

International Caps: 28

Club: ATK (On loan from Delhi Dynamos)

One of the best crossers of the ball from right-back. How he balances attack and defence will be vital, especially against the hosts.

Sarthak Golui

International Caps: 3

Club: FC Pune City

A recent graduate to the team, he has a competent ability to drive forward from full-back. Still needs some polishing on tracking back.

Sandesh Jhingan

International Caps: 27

Club: Bengaluru FC

Defender who takes no prisoners when he challenges. Can also chip in with goals, but his style leaves India vulnerable to free-kicks, penalties.

Anas Edathodika

International Caps: 13

Club: Kerala Blasters

If this were 2017, could have been the first name on the sheet. Recent form and fitness make him a doubtful centre-back starter.

Salam Ranjan Singh

International Caps: 10

Club: East Bengal

The lone I-League representative, has looked comfortable in India colours. Offers the option of playing both in the centre and along the sides.

Subhasish Bose

International Caps: 9

Club: Mumbai City

Fiesty full-back whose attacking game has improved markedly over the past couple of years. Will need to keep his temper in check, though.

Narayan Das

International Caps: 28

Club: Delhi Dynamos

Once India's most promising left-back, with a cross to match his defending abilities. Has he just stagnated since, or is it his fitness?


MIDFIELDERS

Udanta Singh

International Caps: 13

Club: Bengaluru FC

Livewire on the flanks, his pace will be key to India's expected counter-attacking style. Has added good finishing skills to complete the package.

Pronay Halder

International Caps: 11

Club: ATK

Revels in the role of midfield enforcer, especially for Constantine. Might end up being the busiest outfield player for India, given the competition.

The in-form Rowllin Borges should be getting a starting berth when India take on Jordan on Saturday.
Rowllin Borges has the potential to be the midfielder that ties it all together for India.

Rowllin Borges

International Caps: 25

Club: NorthEast United

Seems to have rediscovered some mojo with NorthEast United this season. When on song, no better man to control the midfield for India.

Anirudh Thapa

International Caps: 10

Club: Chennaiyin FC

Speed, solidity as well as work rate -- all attributes you can never fault him over. Risks getting outmuscled by stronger opposition players, though.

Vinit Rai

International Caps: 6

Club: Delhi Dynamos

Capable of playing entire length of the game at full intensity, an ideal attribute for central midfield. Might not start too many games.

Halicharan Narzary

International Caps: 21

Club: Kerala Blasters

Can blow hot and cold, especially when inside the opposition half. Decent form, but composure in sight of goal remains his biggest challenge.

Ashique Kuruniyan

International Caps: 8

Club: Pune City FC

Easily the most improved player since India's qualification, he should see game time. Whether he starts or not could be down to strategy.

Germanpreet Singh

International Caps: 3

Club: Chennaiyin FC

Combative central midfielder, who does a good job of cleaning up without attracting too much attention. Recent club form has been indifferent, though.

Jackichand Singh

International Caps: 16

Club: FC Goa

Has been in good form with FC Goa. Can play the role of feeder to the strikers and fill in with goals himself.


FORWARDS

Sunil Chhetri is back at his best for Bengaluru again.
India will look to their talismanic no.11 for inspiration.

Sunil Chhetri

International Caps: 103

Club: Bengaluru FC

Leads the team in mind, body, soul and spirit. Still has the legs to challenge the best defences, but will need good supply.

Jeje Lalpekhlua

International Caps: 52

Club: Chennaiyin FC

Sharp dip in form notwithstanding, expect him to come good on big occasions. His intuitive relationship with Chhetri often wins India tight games.

Sumeet Passi

International Caps: 6

Club: Jamshedpur FC

A workhorse for the forward line, but hasn't scored enough goals for club and country to inspire confidence about a clear, focused role.

Balwant Singh

International Caps: 9

Club: ATK

Mature player who can operate on top as well as from the sides. His role in defending set-pieces will be an added bonus.

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