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5 best Players of Indian Origin in world football

Faizan Qadiri
ANALYST
Modified 27 Jun 2015, 21:29 IST
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#2 Michael Chopra - England

Michael Chopra
Michael Chopra shares a laugh with former teammate Stephen Taylor

Age: 31
Position: Striker
Club: Alloa Athletic
International appearances: 0 

Micheal Chopra was born in England to an Indian father which made him the first player of Indian origin to play in the English Premier League. He has played on both sides on Tyne-Wear derby – Newcastle United and Sunderland. But he was most successful with Cardiff City in his two stints at the club scoring 63 goals in 157 appearances for the Welsh club.

Chopra also had spells with Nottingham Forest, Ipswich Town and Blackpool and was also a part of the inaugural Indian Super League with the Kerala Blasters in 2014. 

The 31-year-old represented England at all youth levels where he accumulated 27 caps between 1997 and 2003. However, he was unable to break into the senior team for the Three Lions.

Chopra has expressed his desire to play for India many times and was quoted saying that he is ready to give up his British passport to fulfil that dream. Playing as a striker he has scored 118 times in his career, which is a good return for a player playing at that level. 

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