FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Sports minister Vijay Goel wants squad to take inspiration from women's cricket team

PTI, Jul, 25 2017

New Delhi: Sports Minister Vijay Goel asked the India U-17 football squad to draw inspiration from the national women's cricket team ahead of their maiden appearance in the FIFA Under-17 World Cup to be hosted by India for the first time later this year.

File photo of Union sports minister Vijay Goel. PTI

File photo of Union sports minister Vijay Goel. PTI

Indian women's cricket team missed the World Cup title by a whisker last Sunday as they finished runners-up after losing to hosts England by nine runs in a nail-biting final at Lord's.

Terming the U-17 football team as "dark horse", Goel hoped a fine show from the side in the quadrennial event will do a world of good for the sport in the country.

"The U-17 team looks ready for the tournament. Their preparation has been on the right track. They already toured 10-12 countries in the run up to the event. They will prove dark horse in the tournament," Goel said during a meeting with the side at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium here.

"The performance of the women's cricket team in the World Cup should give them (U-17 team) inspiration. The women cricketers were so near to the title. The whole country is proud of their performance," he said.

The U-17 World Cup will be held in the country from October 6 to 28. India are placed in a tough Group 'A' along side Colombia, Ghana and USA.

Currently the U-17 team is preparing for a four-nation tournament in Mexico in August, where besides India, and Mexico, Columbia and Chile are the other participating teams.

Published Date: Jul 25, 2017 | Updated Date: Jul 25, 2017

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
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1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115