India's FIFA U-17 World Cup player Komal Thatal called up for senior national camp ahead of Jordan friendly

New Delhi: FIFA U-17 World Cupper Komal Thatal was on Tuesday called for the senior national camp by head coach Stephen Constantine to prepare for the international friendly against Jordan on 17 November.

The 18-year-old youngster from Sikkim, who currently plays for Kolkata-based ATK in the Indian Super League, was one of the players being monitored for the last two years, Constantine said.

Indian soccer player Komal Thatal trains ahead of their FIFA U-17 World Cup against the U.S. in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

File image of Komal Thatal. AP/Tsering Topgyal

"We have been monitoring him and a few of the other younger players over the last 2 years. Now he has been getting regular game time at his club ATK," Constantine said.

"He will get the experience of being with the senior national team at this camp and a taste of things at this level."

Thatal earned plaudits for his exploits during the 2016 AFC U-16 Championship in India, and most importantly for his stunning strike against Brazil in the BRICS Football Championship which was held in Goa in the same year.

"It has been great to be here. It was my first training session today and was a good learning experience for me. I'll look forward to improving myself. I feel great to play alongside the seniors who are there for so long," said Thatal, as he took part in the team training session.

Currently, the 30 probables were undergoing a 3-day camp before leaving for Amman on 15 November.


Updated Date: Nov 13, 2018 22:44 PM

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