Five new faces in Indian football team

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:06 IST

Five new faces have been picked for India's football World Cup Qualifying match against Japan to be held on June 9 at Saitama, Japan.

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Five new faces have been picked for India's football World Cup Qualifying match against Japan to be held on June 9 at Saitama, Japan. Defenders Habibour Rahman, Selwyn Fernandes, Debrata Roy, medio Gourmangi Singh and striker R C Prakash are the new faces in the team led by Bhaichung Bhutia, Indian Chief Coach Stephen Constantine told reporters here today. Defender Debjit Ghosh and Abhishek Yadav, who are injured, have not been included in the team, while Samir Naik who missed the last match against Oman which India lost 5-1, is back in the side after having recovered from an injury. Ranvir Singh, a US-based Non-Resident Indian who was in the Indian camp, is the second player besides Ebbie who could not make it to the Indian side. "Ranvir, who joined the Indian camp four days back, was in top shape and showed lot of promise, but could not find a berth as other players that we have are better than him," Constantine said. Ranvir was willing to stay in India this season and also ready to play for any of the Indian clubs. "Probably, if he shows good improvement he may find a place in the Indian team for the next two remaining matches," the coach added. The Indian team will play two practice matches against Indonesia on May 30 and June 3 at Indonesia before embarking for Japan. (PTI)

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