Yes, it is true that a lot of work needs to done in order to uplift Indian football but the recent result achieved by Men’s and Women’s teams in form of the SAFF Championship and a few competitive tournaments where they end at the winning note indicates that the future of Indian football is bright in years to come.
Also, the next season of ISL will start tomorrow which has played a pivotal role in grooming the bench strength of Indian players to a great extent. Recently, Thomas Dennerby coach of the Indian women’s team announced a 23 member squad of women in Blue for the upcoming tour of Italy. Indian women’s team will play host Brazil, Chile, and Venezuela.
“Brazil are a really good team. No other team, since I have arrived, has tested our defence as much as Brazil will do next week,” said Dennerby.
“In the second game, Chile is another extremely technical side, but with all the hard work we have been doing, we have also raised our levels. The game against Venezuela will also be a particularly tough one for us,” the coach added.
Indian women’s team is currently placed at 57th in the FIFA rankings, will be locking horns against World number 7 Brazil on November 25th, 2021 followed by games against Chile and Venezuela on November 28th and December 1st 2021 respectively.
Dennerby believes that both the veteran Brazilians are brilliant role models for footballers worldwide and said the Indian players are looking forward to playing against them. “They have a very good squad with stars like Marta and Formiga. The girls are all looking forward to it. It’s the first time that they will play a team of such stature, and it will be good experience for them all,” Dennerby stated.
“For sure, when we meet them, we need to thank them for being the role models for football that they have been. They have shown that you don’t need to quit football when you are 30-31. It’s all about performance and keep playing as long as you can. They are super good role models.”
“I always tell the girls to show respect for all the opponents. They may be ranked number one in the world or number 105, but we need to show everyone their due respect,” stated Dennerby.
“But of course, I also tell them to never fear any opponent, regardless of their rank. Of course, the Brazil game will be much tougher than the Venezuela one, but we play hard in both of them.”
Let us share the full squad in the description below
Goalkeepers: Aditi Chauhan, M. Linthoingambi Devi, Sowmiya Narayasamy.
Defenders: Dalima Chhibber, Sweety Devi, Ritu Rani, Ashalata Devi, Manisa Panna, Shilky Devi, Ranjana Chanu, W Linthoingambi Devi.
Midfielders: Indumathi Kathiresan, Sanju, Anju Tamang, Martina Thokchom, Karthika Angamuthu, Kamala Devi.
Forwards: Manisha Kalyan, Pyari Xaxa, Renu, Dangmei Grace, Soumya Guguloth, Mariyammal Balamurugan