India captain Sunil Chhetri backs the squad’s younger core to play out of their skins and take a look at their Asian Cup opponents after they kick-start their marketing campaign on Sunday.
Coach Stephen Constantine has chosen a 23-man squad whose common age is under 25 as India look to enhance on their final look in 2011 after they had been knocked out in the group stage.
“Other than me and Gurpreet [Singh], it is a first-time expertise for all else,” Chhetri advised the All India Soccer Federation web site.
“Everybody is prepared to seize this chance.
“I can guarantee you that it won’t be a straightforward job for different groups to face us.
“We’re a workforce who hate to lose, and we’ve got confirmed it in latest instances. We’re working as per the plan.”
India face Thailand in their Group A opener in Abu Dhabi on Sunday earlier than taking over hosts United Arab Emirates (Jan. 10) and Bahrain (Jan. 14).
“In the mean time, our sole focus is on our opening fixture, the sport in opposition to Thailand,” Chhetri mentioned. “We all know that Thailand will likely be a really robust opponent and we’re concentrating solely on them.
“We aren’t wanting [at] something past that. There are matches in opposition to UAE and Bahrain lined up however we’ll take into consideration them solely after they come.”