India U-17 team undergoes practice at JLN training pitch

Clyde Nash
October 4, 2017

The Indian colts led by their Portuguese coach Luis Norton de Matos arrived in the national capital last week from Goa and kicked things off with a training camp in Gurgaon.

The FIFA U-17 World Cup kicks off in India on Friday, with the host nation taking on the United States of America in New Delhi, and the team's spirits have been boosted by a message from one of the country's biggest sports stars. While it will be difficult to make an immediate impact in their maiden World Cup appearance, the Boys in Blue are expected to fight hard as they will be having the backing of home crowd. The players looked to be high on confidence as they followed the drills on the guidance of the head coach and other technical staff.

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The parents of India U-17 football team members will be able to watch their children play in the World Cup as the All India Football Federation (AIFF) today said it will arrange all logistical arrangements for them to come to Delhi.

When captain Amarjit Singh and his boys step onto the field at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Friday, it will be close to six decades since any Indian football team appeared in a FIFA competition.

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India will play all of their matches at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.

Iran topped Group A at the 2016 AFC U-16 Championship, due to a better goal difference than second-placed UAE.

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India are in Group A alongside USA, Colombia and Ghana and are definite underdogs going into what will be their first-ever participation in a FIFA?tournament. "My great-grandfather was born here and I always heard about India back in Portugal hence it is an fantastic feeling to be here, associated with a keynote in Indian football's history", he added.

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