The Indian team must aim for a top-10 spot among Asian nations and the youngsters will have to step up to make it a reality, reckons talismanic football captain Sunil Chhetri.
AFC U-16 Championships: India handed tough draw; pooled with South Korea, Australia and Uzbekistan in Group C
India qualified for the U-16 Finals when they finished as Group B champions in qualifiers
The 25-member squad and seven support staff will now leave for Weinan city, China tonight to participate in a four-nation invitational tournament alongside the U16 national teams of DPR Korea, Thailand and host China.
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: Spain coach Santiago Denia hails Iran as one of the tournament's best teams
Iran exceeded expectations in the ongoing world event as they stormed into the quarterfinals with four wins, which includes a 4-0 drubbing of pre-tournament favourites Germany.
FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: India's Luis Norton de Matos says team has 'small percentage' of beating USA
Portuguese de Matos said India, making their debut in the FIFA U-17 showpiece event, would look to be a strong defensive unit and hit on counter attacks through quick transitions from defence to offence.
AFC U-16 Championships qualifiers: India coach Bibiano Fernandes hails AIFF for nurturing young talents
India U-16 team head coach Bibiano Fernandes hailed the AIFF for nurturing young talents and supporting the youngsters to live their dreams from a tender age.
Iraq beat Iran 4-3 via penalty shootout to win their maiden Asian Football Confederation U-16 Championships title at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Goa on Sunday.