FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup: 21-man squad announced, coach Dennerby says performance is key

Bhubaneswar, Oct 5 (PTI) Head coach Thomas Dennerby on Wednesday named a 21-man Indian roster for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, which kicks off here on October 11. Host nation India has been drawn in Group A along with the US, Morocco and Brazil.

They will face the US on October 11, followed by games against Morocco and Brazil on October 14 and 17 respectively at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.

“It is a new situation for everyone. India has never played the World Cup. This is a completely different ball game,” Dennerby said. “It’s a unique opportunity to show everyone that we’ve prepared well and that no one can run us over.” The prestigious tournament will be held in Bhubaneswar, Margao in Goa and Navi. Mumbai from October 11-30.

In the Kalinga Stadium, three group matches of India will take place.

“When you’re on the pitch, everything is held back and you just have to focus on the game. That’s what the girls have to do.

“We don’t go into the tournament as the favorites. I think the pressure is on the opponents,” said the head coach.

Pointing to the importance of performing well on the pitch, Dennerby said: “Performance is key for us. And I hope the girls are not very nervous and will play with confidence. You can’t be nervous and perform at the same time. It’s time to get the ball rolling.” The squad: Goalkeepers: Monalisha Devi Moirangthem, Melody Chanu Keisham, Anjali Munda.

Defenders: Astam Oraon, Kajal, Naketa, Purnima Kumari, Varshika, Shilky Devi Hemam.

Midfielders: Babina Devi Lisham, Nitu Linda, Shailja, Shubhangi Singh.

Attackers: Anita Kumari, Lynda Kom Serto, Neha, Rejiya Devi Laishram, Shelia Devi Loktongbam, Kajol Hubert Dsouza, Lavanya Upadhyay, Sudha Ankita Tirkey.

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