In an ideal world, Sunil Chhetri would have wanted to avoid the prospect of inviting Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) to the national team, yet he maintains that it is the need of the hour that led to head coach Stephen Constantine’s clarion call. The Indian skipper, nonetheless, asserts that significant efforts should be made to find talented players within the country before going abroad.
“For countries with a small population like Guam, it makes sense to ask foreign residents to play. But here we have such a large population. We should be able to get 11 strong players. It’s all about finding them soon and then getting them to undergo high level training,” he says.
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