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IND vs SGP LIVE: India vs Singapore Live: India in Hung Thinh Tournament – The crunch time in Indian football is finally…

IND vs SGP LIVE: India vs Singapore Live: India in Hung Thinh Tournament – The crisis period in Indian football is finally behind us and the new AIFF wants results. Set to take on Singapore and Vietnam in two FIFA international friendlies, the Blue Tigers will be desperate to feature for their countrymen. Ahead of these entertaining matches, we take a look at five key players to watch out for, including Sunil Chhetri, Akash Mishra, Lallianzuala Chhangte and others. Follow India vs Singapore Live Updates on InsideSport.IN

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The AIFF has already sent a strong message to head coach Igor Stimac, which is reflected in his 23-man squad for friendlies against Vietnam and Singapore. Stimac’s team offers some surprises. Mainstays like Subhashish Bose and Pritam Kotal were dropped, as was striker Manvir Singh, as the Indian football team faces Singapore in the Hung Thinh Friendly Football Tournament. After their impressive performances in the Durand Cup, they were replaced by the likes of Chhangte, Vikram Pratap Singh and Narender Gahlot.

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IND vs SGP LIVE: From Sunil Chhetri to Anwar Ali, five players to watch out for during India vs Singapore in Hung Thinh Friendly Football Tournament: Check Out

With Igor Stimac’s squad containing a number of young, agile and talented players, we have InsideSport.IN picked the five players to watch out for in India’s encounter against Singapore.

Akash Mishra (defender)

The Germany-trained left-back has been the latest addition to Igor Stimac’s list of favorites following his strong performance. Mishra was a mainstay in Manuel Marquez’s Hyderabad FC throughout the last season in the Indian Super League and has been quite central on the left flank for the outfit.

The 20-year-old has produced some key performances for the Blue Tigers in recent times as well across the various ranks of the national team. Although discontinued now, Mishra is a prime example of a candidate from the Indian Arrows project. With the continuous show of his agility and pace along with his impressive defensive qualities, Mishra is set to be an asset to the Indian football team for a long time after replacing some veterans.

IND vs SGP LIVE: From Sunil Chhetri to Anwar Ali, five players to watch out for during India vs Singapore in Hung Thinh Friendly Football Tournament: Check Out

Lallianzuala Chhangte (midfielder)

Lallianzuala Chhangte is one of the players who recently got a call-up to the national team after their impressive performance in Durand Cup 2022. Chhangte scored 7 goals in 7 appearances along with three assists in the tournament for Mumbai City FC and won. the golden boot.

Chhangte’s speed would add a lot of momentum to the attack. He is a versatile player with excellent positioning and dribbling skills who knows exactly how to finish a goal. His skills and vision on the field are poised to make him one of India’s most important players in the tournament. Along with that, Chhangte’s current form will help the team’s scoring chances.

IND vs SGP LIVE: From Sunil Chhetri to Anwar Ali, five players to watch out for during India vs Singapore in Hung Thinh Friendly Football Tournament: Check Out

Anwar Ali (defender)

Anwar Ali’s selection in the senior team was an expected affair. Although he got his maiden call-up in 2019, it was cut short following the defender’s rare heart condition. However, Ali was called up to the national squad by coach Igor Stimac in March 2022, ahead of India’s two friendlies against Bahrain and Belarus.

He made his debut on 23 March against Bahrain, losing 2–1 and scored his first international goal on 14 June against Hong Kong, winning 4–0 in the 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers. Being one of the rarest ball players centre-backs Ali happens to be a perfect partner for the experienced Sandesh Jhingan. The FC Goa defender puts in a performance on par with his veteran counterpart in tackles and interceptions.

Ashique Kuruniyan (midfielder)

During the 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers, head coach Igor Stimac released a statement on how Ashique Kuruniyan will always feature in his team given his work rate and agility. Despite the recent stale performances of ATK Mohun Bagan in the 2022 Durand Cup and interzonal semi-finals of the AFC Cup, Ashique sparked some sparks with his performances. Ashique had also put up some admirable performances in the Blue Tigers jersey recently.

IND vs SGP LIVE: From Sunil Chhetri to Anwar Ali, five players to watch out for during India vs Singapore in Hung Thinh Friendly Football Tournament: Check Out
IND vs SGP LIVE: From Sunil Chhetri to Anwar Ali, five players to watch out for during India vs Singapore in Hung Thinh Friendly Football Tournament: Check Out

His continuous effort kept the left flank lively while keeping the defenders on their toes. Kuruniyan was the one who set up Sahal Abdul Samad for the wonderful 91-minute strike against Afghanistan which saw India maintain an all-win record in the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers.

Later, he also set up Ali for the goal in the first minute against Hong Kong. A winger who can also play as a wing-back, Kuruniyan is highly regarded by teammates and coaches for his speed and determination on the pitch. He is also recognized for his versatility and is considered one of India’s future football stars.

IND vs SGP LIVE: From Sunil Chhetri to Anwar Ali, five players to watch out for during India vs Singapore in Hung Thinh Friendly Football Tournament: Check Out

Sunil Chhetri (striker)

The talismanic captain of the Indian football team will always be a player to watch out for at the Blue Tigers. Chhetri seems to be aging like fine wine as he keeps delivering match-saving performances. Sunil was unable to participate in international friendlies against Bahrain and Belarus in March 2022 due to injuries sustained in the 2021–22 Indian Super League season.

He then played against Jordan in an international friendly as part of the preparations for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers to be held in June 2022.

IND vs SGP LIVE: From Sunil Chhetri to Anwar Ali, five players to watch out for during India vs Singapore in Hung Thinh Friendly Football Tournament: Check Out
IND vs SGP LIVE: From Sunil Chhetri to Anwar Ali, five players to watch out for during India vs Singapore in Hung Thinh Friendly Football Tournament: Check Out

On 8 June 2022, Chhetri played against Cambodia in the 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers, scoring a penalty kick and a header from a Brandon Fernandes cross in a 2–0 win for India at the Salt Lake Stadium.

In the following match, he scored from a free kick, taking his international tally to 83. India won the match 2–1. In the following match, Chhetri scored his 84th goal in a 4–0 win over Hong Kong. India qualified for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup, with Chettri scoring four goals in the third round of qualifying.

IND vs SGP LIVE: From Sunil Chhetri to Anwar Ali, five players to watch out for during India vs Singapore in Hung Thinh Friendly Football Tournament: Check Out

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