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Boys need to perform consistently for selection in Asian Cup squad: Constantine

Press Trust of India  |  Dhaka 

Indian football team chief Thursday made it clear that the SAFF Cup is a platform for talented players to impress and earn their places in the squad for the Asian Cup.

The Asian Cup will be held early next year in the UAE.

"These boys have a carrot in front of them which is a berth in the Asian Cup squad. They are well aware of the fact that they need to perform constantly to earn the same," Constantine said.

With having secured a summit clash with in the final of the SAFF Suzuki Cup, Constantine said the "final will be a tough one".

"have shown their worth in the semi-final against A 3-0 win against was not an easy task. Some of their players didn't play against us and they did some major damage work against Nepal," Constantine stated.

"We are expecting a tough game against But as I said before, we have come with a strong intent to win the tournament."

who scored a brace against in the semi-final to win his successive MVP Award of the tournament said the focus has "already shifted to the final".

"It was a group of tough guys and the job was never going to be an easy one. But we had the self-belief to churn out the positive result and eventually, we did," he said.

"Now, we have another major task in three days and we will need to focus on the final. We are working as a unit and we just need to keep our heads down and continue the work," the 23-year-old striker who is leading the goal-scorers' chart with 3 goals, maintained.

The also lavished praise on the Football Federation for allowing him to work his own way.

"I would like to thank Football Federation for giving me the freedom to work my own way. Regarding the team's requirement, I have hardly been denied whatever I asked for. The credit of rising to 96 from 173 in the rankings in less than four years caters to everyone including the excellent backroom staffs who I work with.

"Our scientist implemented some of the major tools and it helps us in one way or other. We have a huge chunk of data with us and they are invaluable in terms of drawing a blueprint," he informed.

"Gigy George is one of the best physios I have worked with till date. The medical team works until 1am in the morning to keep the boys fit and running. Mostly, the credit goes to the players who have believed in themselves. Trust me, I'm not an easy guy to live with (laughs), the quipped.

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First Published: Thu, September 13 2018. 18:15 IST
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