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Coach picks Jhingan as India's captain for match against China

Press Trust of India  |  Suzhou (China) 

will lead the Indian football team against on Saturday as termed the burly defender as one of the leaders of the team, going forward.

Charismatic striker is of the side but it is not unusual to rotate the captaincy in international friendlies.

It will be first meeting between the two teams since the Nehru Cup clash in Kochi in 1997. are yet to win a single match against in the 17 encounters played between the two countries so far.

"I think the has to reflect the attitude of the first played for me four years ago. He is a fighter and a leader. He gives everything on the pitch which most of the players do," Constantine said at the pre-match press conference.

"I think he is going to be one of the leaders for going forward. Keeping the magnitude of the game in mind, I believe he deserves to lead the team.

The thanked the for believing in him and handing the captain's armband to him.

"As an Indian boy it was always my dream to represent the country. It's a great feeling that I can't actually express in words," he said.

"In Chhetri-bhai, Gurpeet, Jeje- we have a group of leaders which makes my job easy. We all work together to achieve the goal. The plan for tomorrow is that to stick to the plan and give our best on the pitch. If we are able to do that the result will follow. We're really looking forward to play in this beautiful stadium.

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First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 18:10 IST