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ISL 2017: Which team has the most number of Indian national team players

The name on top of the pile won't surprise you.


Chennaiyin FC are among the teams with the highest number of India internationals in their squad
Chennaiyin FC are among the teams with the highest number of India internationals in their squad

The 2017-18 Indian Super League kick starts in less than three months' time and teams are gearing up to challenge for the title in what will be the biggest ISL season ever. As is the case with almost every top level football league in the world, sending a team out on the pitch on a match day isn't the be all and end all of the proceedings.

Weeks and months of thoughtful consideration are put into the recruitment of players and coaching personnel, and preparation for the match day starts well before people actually start talking about it. To that end, ISL clubs have had two different windows to sign players for the 2017-18 season, which will be bloated by the addition of two new teams and an extended schedule.

The draft process for Indian players was reserved for a single day, 23rd July, while the rest of the transfer window has so far been spent by the ten franchises in filling up their foreign player quota. Eight foreign players are the maximum allowable limit, while 17 is the limit for Indian players.

Indian players, too, have grown in stature over the years, as evidenced by ISL clubs shelling out huge sums on Indian internationals. Without further ado, let's look at the ten ISL clubs and what have they acquired in terms of Indian national team players for ISL 2017-18. We start from the bottom with FC Goa.

#10 FC Goa

Number of Indian internationals in squad: 3

Indian internationals in the squad: Narayan Das, Pronay Halder, Manvir Singh


#9 Delhi Dynamos

Number of Indian internationals in squad: 4

Indian internationals in the squad: Pritam Kotal, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Seityasen Singh, Romeo Fernandes


#8 ATK

Number of Indian internationals in squad: 5

Indian internationals in the squad: Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Keegan Pereira, Robin Singh, Anwar Ali, Augustin Fernandes


#8 NorthEast United

Number of Indian internationals in squad: 5

Indian internationals in the squad: Holicharan Narzary, Rowllin Borges, Nirmal Chettri, Lalrindika Ralte, Robert Lalthlamuana


#8 FC Pune City

Number of Indian internationals in squad: 5

Indian internationals in the squad: Jewel Raja, Adil Khan, Isaac Vanmalsawma, Baljit Sahni, Lalchhuanmawia


 

#8 Jamshedpur FC

Number of Indian internationals in squad: 5

Indian internationals in the squad: Anas Edathodika, Subrata Pal, Mehtab Hossain, Bikash Jairu, Sumeet Passi


India captain Bengaluru FC is also the Bengaluru FC captain
India captain Bengaluru FC is also the Bengaluru FC captain

#4 Bengaluru FC

Number of Indian internationals in squad: 7

Indian internationals in the squad: Harmanjot Khabra, Alwyn George, Lenny Rodrigues, Sunil Chhetri, Udanta Singh, Daniel Lalhlimpuia, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu


#4 Kerala Blasters

Number of Indian internationals in squad: 7

Indian internationals in the squad: Rino Anto, Jackichand Singh, Milan Singh, Arata Izumi, Subhashish Roy Chowdhury, Sandesh Jhingan, CK Vineeth


#2 Mumbai City FC

Number of Indian internationals in squad: 8

Indian internationals in the squad: Balwant Singh, Arindam Bhattacharya, Aiborlang Khongjee, Sanju Pradhan, Mehrajuddin Wadoo, Amrinder Singh, Sehnaj Singh, Raju Gaikwad


#1 Chennaiyin FC

Number of Indian internationals in squad: 10

Indian internationals in the squad: Jeje Lalpekhlua, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Dhanachandra Singh, Germanpreet Singh, Fulganco Cardozo, Mohammed Rafi, Dhanpal Ganesh, Francis Fernandes, Anirudh Thapa, Karanjit Singh

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