“But that is something we want to face and that is why we are playing international friendly against them. I don’t expect my players to control the game but we have to find a way to compete against them.” A harder opponent than Oman by his personal admission, however it won’t cease Stimac from bringing in new gamers from his 27-man squad within the match towards UAE. He stated even senior defender Sandesh Jhingan won’t begin whereas goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu is about to play as an alternative of Amrinder Singh and captain the facet. “We are going to see everyone who did not play in the first game in the match against UAE. These are friendly matches which I will use to find out the best (players) for the upcoming matches (World Cup qualifiers). I can tell you Sandesh is not going to be involved against UAE. I will have to play Adil Khan also. It will not be justice to the remaining players if they are not fielded in these friendly matches.”
UAE are one of many strongest sides in Asia they usually reached the semifinals within the 2019 Asian Cup they hosted. But they’ve been struggling a bit just lately. In the 4 worldwide matches they’ve performed after the Covid-19 lockdown, they’ve misplaced twice – towards Uzbekistan and Bahrain – and gained one – towards Tajikistan. Their final match – towards Iraq – had resulted in a goal-less attract January.
India squad: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Amrinder Singh, Subhashish Roy Chowdhury, Dheeraj Singh, Ashutosh Mehta, Akash Mishra, Pritam Kotal, Sandesh Jhingan, Chinglensana Singh, Adil Khan, Mandar Rao Dessai, Mashoor Shereef, Rowllin Borges, Lalengmawia, Jeakson Singh, Raynier Fernandes, Anirudh Thapa, Bipin Singh, Yasir Mohammad, Suresh Singh, Halicharan Narzary, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Ashique Kuruniyan, Manvir Singh, Ishan Pandita, Hitesh Sharma, Liston Colaco.
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