High hopes on U-17 Indian squad: I M Vijayan

Former Indian captain said he has high hopes on the Indian squad for the U-17 FIFA World Cup.

“India becoming a venue for the U-17 FIFA World Cup is going to be a huge morale booster for the young and upcoming footballers, said Vijayan.

"The very fact that our country is staging this mega event in itself is going to be a morale booster for the young (footballers). With Kochi becoming one of the venues, this is a great blessing for our youth as this is a great experience," he said.

He also lauded K.P. Rahul, the only Keralite in the India U-17 World Cup squad. “Rahul is really talented and has been doing his best in all the opportunities that he has got,” Vijayan said.

“The grass root-level programmes for football in India lack continuity and that has impacted the performance too,” he added.

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