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Stephen Constantine wants to build a team for the future

India U-23 side are coming into the tournament on the back of a two-week long camp in New Delhi followed by two back-to-back international friendlies against Singapore.

Reported by: PTI, Doha [ Published on: July 18, 2017 17:49 IST ]
Indian football coach Stephen Constantine addresses a press conferencePhoto:GETTY IMAGES

Indian national football team coach Stephen Constantine, presently in charge of the India U-23 side, prefers 'long-term goals' rather than looking for quick results from the forthcoming AFC U-23 Championship Qualifiers which kicks-off in Doha tomorrow. India are scheduled to play Syria in their opening match of the tournament tomorrow.

"I've been a person who have always preferred to build a team for the future. I'm working with this bunch of guys so that a few may come up the ranks and land up with the senior national team in the coming days," Constantine said in the pre-tournament press conference, here today.

India U-23 side are coming into the tournament on the back of a two-week long camp in New Delhi followed by two back-to-back international friendlies against Singapore.

A year back, Syria had made it to the finals of the last edition of the AFC U-23 AFC Championship, but their campaign didn't go as planned.

"This tournament is of immense importance for us and I believe, as it is for every team here. We'll give our best to qualify from this group," Syrian coach Hussein Afash mentioned.

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FIFA 2018 Points Table

  • TEAMS PL W L D PTS
  • RussiaRussia 2 2 0 0 6
  • UruguayUruguay 2 2 0 0 6
  • EgyptEgypt 2 0 2 0 0
  • Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia 2 0 2 0 0
  • SpainSpain 2 1 0 1 4
  • PortugalPortugal 2 1 0 1 4
  • IR IranIR Iran 2 1 1 0 3
  • MoroccoMorocco 2 0 2 0 0
  • FranceFrance 2 2 0 0 6
  • DenmarkDenmark 2 1 0 1 4
  • AustraliaAustralia 2 0 1 2 1
  • PeruPeru 2 0 2 0 0
  • CroatiaCroatia 2 2 0 0 6
  • NigeriaNigeria 2 1 1 0 3
  • IcelandIceland 2 0 1 1 1
  • ArgentinaArgentina 2 0 1 1 1
  • BrazilBrazil 2 1 0 1 4
  • SwitzerlandSwitzerland 2 1 0 1 4
  • Serbia Serbia 2 1 1 0 3
  • Costa RicaCosta Rica 2 0 2 0 0
  • MexicoMexico 2 2 0 0 6
  • SwedenSweden 1 1 0 0 3
  • GermanyGermany 1 0 1 0 0
  • Korea Republic Korea Republic 2 0 2 0 0
  • BelgiumBelgium 2 2 0 0 6
  • EnglandEngland 1 1 0 0 3
  • PanamaPanama 1 0 1 0 0
  • TunisiaTunisia 2 0 2 0 0
  • JapanJapan 1 1 0 0 3
  • SenegalSenegal 1 1 0 0 3
  • PolandPoland 1 0 1 0 0
  • ColombiaColombia 1 0 1 0 0
FIFA World Cup 2018 Schedule