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Indian Football Team: Sunil Chhetri returns, Igor Stimac's squad for Jordan signals attacking posture

INDIAN NATIONAL TEAM head coach Igor Stimac has announced his pick of 25 players for the upcoming international friendly against Jordan.

The squad, which will travel to Qatar for the match, was picked from an extended training camp in Kolkata.

The squad has seen some major changes in the forward line from the squad that was picked for the friendlies against Belarus and Bahrain back in March. Most notably, Sunil Chhetri and Ishan Pandita have made a comeback into the Blue Tigers fold. VP Suhair and Rahim Ali have made way for them.

In the midfield, there are several changes with the likes of Glan Martins, Ritwik Das, Udanta Singh, Sahal Abdul Samad, Suresh Wangjam and Aashique Kuriniyan making the cut. Notably, Pronay Halder and Danish Bhat have been dropped from the squad.

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In the defence, the likes of Chinglensana Singh, Seriton Fernandes and Riviah Hrmipam have also been dropped to include extra midfielders. The versatile and experienced Harmanjot Singh Khabra has been added as part of the defence; in a move that signals that Stimac is adopting a more offensive strategy against Jordan than he did against Bahrain and Belarus.

Meanwhile under the crossbar, Laxmikath Kattimani, following his heroics in the ISL final penalties, has made the cut at the expense of Prabhsukhan Singh Gill.

The full announced squad is as follows...

Goalkeepers: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Laxmikanth Kattimani, Amrinder Singh.

Defenders: Rahul Bheke, Akash Mishra, Harmanjot Singh Khabra, Roshan Singh, Anwar Ali, Sandesh Jhingan, Subhashish Bose, Pritam Kotal.

Midfielders: Jeakson Singh, Anirudh Thapa, Glan Martins, Brandon Fernandes, Ritwik Das, Udanta Singh, Yasir Mohammad, Sahal Abdul Samad, Suresh Wangjam, Ashique Kuruniyan, Liston Colaco.

Forwards: Ishan Pandita, Sunil Chhetri, Manvir Singh.

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