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AFC Asian Cup 2019 Qualifiers: CK Vineeth dropped from latest India squad

2.21K   //    24 Oct 2017, 11:44 IST

Vineeth has become one of Indian football's household names
Vineeth has become one of Indian football's household names

What's the story?

India's squad for their upcoming AFC Asian Cup 2019 qualifier against Myanmar is out, and the list of players called up doesn't feature the name of Kerala Blasters' star forward CK Vineeth. Stephen Constantine's Blue Tigers have already qualified for the AFC Asian Cup 2019 slated to be held in the UAE and Vineeth's omission comes as the biggest surprise.

In case you didn't know...

India qualified for the finals of the AFC Asian Cup 2019 after sealing a 4-1 win over Macau earlier this month and the two remaining group matches will provide Constantine with a window to tinker with his players and blood new players into the setup.

The heart of the matter

Vineeth, who has only made seven appearances for the national team, was picked in the squad to face Macau on 11th October but after warming the bench throughout the whole 90 minutes, the Kerala favourite is once again back in the wilderness.

According to Goal India, here is the full squad of players who will rough it out in the national team camp ahead of the Myanmar game.

Goalkeepers: Subrata Paul, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Amrinder Singh, Vishal Kaith

Defenders: Anas Edathodika, Sandesh Jhingan, Salam Ranjan Singh, Sarthak Golui, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Narayan Das, Pritam Kotal, Lalruatthara

Midfielders: Bikash Jairu, Jackichand Singh, Halicharan Narzary, Pronay Halder, Anirudh Thapa, Germanpreet Singh, Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Rowllin Borges, Mohammed Rafique, Nikhil Poojary, Udanta Singh

Strikers: Sunil Chhetri, Balwant Singh, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Hitesh Sharma, Alen Deory

Apart from Vineeth, Robin Singh - who missed the previous game as well - and Nishu Kumar have also been left out while midfielder Pronay Halder has made a comeback into the national team fold.

What's next?

India will take on Myanmar on 14th November at Goa's Fatorda Stadium. This will be the first time the Blue Tigers will be playing in partisan Goa after a 2-2 draw with Bangladesh four years ago.

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