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Indian football team gets boost ahead of mega-event

Indian football team gets boost ahead of mega-event”

The players were training at the Heritage School Ground in Gurgaon earlier before they shifted base to New Delhi. "Boys are leaving no stone unturned to make it count in #FIFAU17WC".

The Indian U-17 Football World Cup squad are already on their way to commence their campaign in the tournament which starts on October 6 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.

The team's morale has been high and under the tutelage of their coach de Matos, the Blue colts have been putting in those extra yards at practice. India play US on October 6, before locking horns with Colombia and Ghana on October 9 and 12 respectively at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in the Capital.

Virat Kohli, who recently guided the Indian cricket team to their third consecutive ODI series win over Australia in India, looked a relaxed figure in a short video that he uploaded on Twitter to convey his wishes to the young Indian football team.

The Indian Colts face the U.S. on October 6, before locking horns against Colombia and Ghana on October 9 and October 12 respectively at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in the capital.

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India are in Group A along side the United States, Colombia and Ghana.

The Indian colts are "mentally ready" to face the challenge in the U-17 FIFA World Cup which is just a week away. "My great-grandfather was born here and I always heard about India back in Portugal hence it is an awesome feeling to be here, associated with a keynote in Indian football's history", he added.

For long, the lack of world class infrastructure has been an impediment to the development of football in the country, before things started to change for the better with the first-ever FIFA tournament coming to India.

In all, 12 of the 21 players on the roster come from Major League Soccer clubs.



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