India begin their campaign in the FIFA U-17 World Cup against the United States of America on the 6th of October. All eyes will be on those 11 teenagers on the field who, irrespective of the result, will create history. On the football field, having a midfield general who will guide the team and dictate the tempo of the game is as important as a solid centre back or a smart finisher. The Indian U-17 team has that spark in midfield in the form of Suresh Singh Wangjam.
Wangjam will be deployed in central midfield and is also said to be one of the favourites of manager Luis Norton De Matos. His long balls are pinpoint, his linkup play is brilliant and is also expected to take the spot kick if the team receives one. The midfielder is one of the Indian players to watch out for at the World Cup and in this segment, we will look at the 10 things that need to be known about India's midfield general. But first, let's take a tour of his life in his own words.
#1 Suresh Singh Wangjam was born in Imphal, the capital city of Manipur.
#2 He was born on August 07, 2000.
#3 Wangjam's favourite international player is Toni Kroos, Real Madrid's midfield maestro.
#4 Whereas, his favourite Indian footballer is the Kerala Blasters midfielder, Milan Singh.
#5 The 17-year-old follows North East United in the Indian Super League.
#6 His favourite club in Europe is Real Madrid.
#7 Along with football, Wangjam loves to play badminton.
#8 Wangjam loves regional films and his favourite hobby is listening to local music.
#9 The 17-year-old's favourite singer is Pushpa Rani, the famous Manipuri icon.
#10 Wangjam's favourite movie is - "MS Dhoni - The Untold Story".
Suresh Singh Wangjam is tipped to become an Indian first team international in the next few years with the U-17 World Cup being the biggest test of the teenager's young international career.
Stay tuned to this series for more about the Indian team stars who will make the nation proud at the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017.
The FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 will start on 6th October and the official broadcasters for the event in India are SONY TEN 2 and SONY TEN 3