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FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Chile announce 21-man squad

Sumedh Pande
FEATURED WRITER
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221   //    24 Sep 2017, 13:40 IST

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Chile are in Group F along with England, Mexico and Iran

What's the story? 

One by one, teams qualified for the highly anticipated FIFA U-17 World Cup are landing in India for the biggest honour in youth football. And today, one of the underdogs of the competition, Chile announced their 21-man squad for the big event.

Chile are one of the teams from South America to qualify for the World Cup with La Roja qualifying for the U-17 World Cup for just the fourth time in the competition's history. This edition will be Chile's first appearance after 20 years albeit they appeared in the 2015 World Cup courtesy of hosting the event. 

In case you didn't know...

Chile qualified for the 2017 U-17 World Cup by defying all odds and coming second in the South American U-17 competition, organized earlier this year. Courtesy of a strong defence, Chile reached the finals but lost the final hurdle against Brazil. La Roja reached the round of 16 stage in the last World Cup and will be hoping to replicate that feat in India. 

The heart of the matter 

Head coach of the Chile U-17 side, Hernan Caputto has summoned a 21-man squad for the World Cup which is more or less the same set of individuals which came second at the South American championship. Here is Chile's complete squad: 

Goalkeepers:

Julio Bórquez - Sports Iquique 

Rodrigo Cancino - University of Chile 

Hugo Araya - Cobreloa 

Defenders: 

Gastón Zúñiga - O'Higgins 

Matías Silva - Union San Felipe 

Lucas Alarcón - University of Chile 

Sebastián Valencia - Colo Colo 

Yerco Oyanedel - Catholic University 

Nicolás Aravena - Colo Colo 

Midfielders: 

Martin Lara - Catholic University 

Mauricio Morales - University of Chile 

Oliver Rojas - Audax Italiano

Branco Provoste - Colo Colo 

Maximiliano Guerrero - Universidad de Chile 

Forwards: 

William Gama - Santiago Wanderers 

Ignacio Contreras - Colo Colo 

Ignacio Mesías - Unión San Felipe 

Diego Valencia - Catholic University 

Jairo Vásquez - Students of La Plata (ARG) 

Pedro Campos - Catholic University 

Antonio Díaz - O'Higgins

What's next? 

Chile are in Group F which can also be said as the group of death. It features La Roja along with England, U-17 giants Mexico and Iraq. Chile are based in Kolkata and open their campaign against England on October 8 at the Salt Lake Stadium. 

Author's take 

Chile's best outing in the FIFA U-17 World Cup came in 1993 when they finished third in what was also their inaugural participation in the competition. Though a similar feat looks highly unlikely, Chile can cause problems in a group which features two of the favourites in the form of England and Mexico.

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Sumedh Pande
FEATURED WRITER
An avid Premier League watcher with specialization in transfer news and post match analysis. Follow European and Indian football with minute attention with one eye on the world of cricket.
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