New Delhi: talismanic Sunil Chhetric on Tuesday returned to the Indian football team after a six-month hiatus when he was named in the 25-man squad for the international friendly against Jordan in Doha on May 28.
Chhetri, 37, last played for India in their 3-0 win over Nepal in the SAFF Championships final in October, but has since been sidelined due to injuries.
The team, announced by national coach Igor Stimac, was chosen from an extensive training camp in Kolkata.
In addition to Chhetri, Ishan Pandita has also made a comeback to the forefront at the expense of VP Suhair and injured Rahim Ali.
In midfield Glan Martins, Ritwik Das, Udanta Singh, Sahal Abdul Samad, Suresh Wangjam and Aashique Kuriniyan have been included with Pronay Halder and Danish Bhat as notable omissions.
The defense includes Rahul Bheke, Akash Mishra, Harmanjot Singh Khabra, Roshan Singh, Anwar Ali, Sandesh Jhingan, Subhashish Bose and Pritam Kotal.
While Gupreet Singh Sandhu and Amrinder Singh remain a constant under the bar, Laxmikath Kattimani replaced Prabhsukhan Singh Gill after his exploits in the ISL final.
The Blue Tigers had camped in Bellary and Kolkata as part of their preparation for the qualifying rounds of the AFC Asian Cup final. They have played exhibition games against ATK Mohun Bagan, the Hero I-League and Hero Santosh Trophy All-Stars team and the West Bengal team.
The Blue Tigers depart for Doha on May 25, where they continue their training before taking on Jordan.
After the friendly match, the team will return to Kolkata on May 30, before resuming their training for the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers.
The 25-man squad:
Goalkeepers: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Laxmikanth Kattimani, Amrinder Singh.
Defenders: Rahul Bheke, Akash Mishra, Harmanjot Singh Khabra, Roshan Singh, Anwar Ali, Sandesh Jhingan, Subhashish Bose, Pritam Kotal.
Midfielders: Jeakson Singh, Anirudh Thapa, Glan Martins, Brandon Fernandes, Ritwik Das, Udanta Singh, Yasir Mohammad, Sahal Abdul Samad, Suresh Wangjam, Ashique Kuruniyan, Liston Colaco.
Attackers: Ishan Pandita, Sunil Chhetri, Manvir Singh.
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