2017 FIFA U17 World Cup: India vs. USA preview – Intrepid hosts set to create history with World Cup bow Ashwin Muralidharan Last updated 2 years ago 14:52 10/5/17 AIFF Media India is all geared up for a historic moment as the boys take on the USA in the FIFA World Cup opener… Neil Armstrong’s words after landing on the moon in 1969 – ‘It’s a small step for a man but a giant leap for mankind’ – would contextually be ringing true when India U17 team take to the field at Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru stadium on Friday, October 6th, against USA in their FIFA U17 World Cup opener. For 21 members of the Indian squad, it will be a small but significant step in their careers but for an expectant nation which has never fielded a team in a football World Cup, it will be a giant leap towards realising its dream of competing in the senior World Cup. However, looking past the significance of the momentous occasion, India have a daunting task of pitting their wits against the USA for 90 minutes in their Group A opener. In a group containing Colombia and Ghana as well, Luis Norton de Matos and his boys certainly are the underdogs but will be hoping to put up a creditable show. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Miracles are not expected of the side but a competitive display will be one of Norton de Matos’ primary aims. Against USA, one of the regulars in this competition, it could be a tough night for the colts but the side will be hopeful of giving the Americans a run for their money. Having taken over the side only earlier this year, Norton de Matos has made some changes, bringing in some physicality in key positions. India’s first priority on Friday will be to ensure their defensive organisation is perfect against a side which is very strong offensively. But India have been dealt a blow even before the tournament has begun, with full-back Boris Singh unavailable due to a suspension he picked up in the final 2016 AFC U16 Championship group game against Saudi Arabia. But with Jeakson Singh anchoring the midfield and Anwar Ali leading the defence, India will be looking to ensure they do not concede any goals early on at least. However, it does not mean India are toothless in attack. Striker Aniket Jadhav has the pace to burn aplenty and will be a key cog in India’s counterattacks. However, India’s biggest chance of scoring against the Americans might well in a set-piece. With tall defenders like Namit Deshpande and Ali and a skilled free-kick taker in Sanjeev Stalin, Norton de Matos would want to make such situations count against a seasoned team like USA.USA, on the other hand, will have designs of making it out of the group stages and emphasis will be on notching a big win against India, perceived to be the weakest team in the group. Under John Hackworth, who already has led the team in the 2005 and 2007 U17 World Cups, the team has been playing an attacking brand of 4-3-3 with emphasis on their front three players, namely Josh Sargent, Ayo Akinola and Timothy Weah. Josh Sargent, especially, has been touted as one of the best prospects in the tournament and keeping him quiet will be quite a task for the Indian defenders. But, the team is suspect defensively, given that both centre-backs, James Sands and Chris Durkin, are playing out of position. Sands is more of a right back or a defensive midfielder while Durkin is also a defensive midfielder. Clearly, USA are not without chinks in their armour but still outplaying them might be a herculean task for the Indians. It must be noted that USA had trounced India 4-0 last year at the All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) Youth Cup in Goa.But, Friday is all about the fact that an Indian team is playing the World Cup for the first time ever. The need of the hour is to savour the moment and worry about the results later. Kickoff is at 8 PM IST. read more
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Kolkata: North 24-Parganas district police arrested three persons, including two Bangladeshi nationals from Gobardanga on Saturday night.The Bangladeshi nationals are Sujan Roy (26) and Rajib Mondal (26). They were aimlessly roaming near the market place situated close to the railway station when they were arrested. Police have also arrested one Najrul Mondal, who is believed to be a tout and had helped the duo to cross the border.According to police, all the three persons were roaming aimlessly and this aroused suspicion of the police personnel, who were conducting vigil in the area. They were taken to the local police station for interrogation. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifePolice have arrested them as they failed to produce any valid documents. It was learnt that in the face of prolonged interrogation, the duo admitted they had entered the Indian Territory illegally through the Indo-Bangladesh border at Jhaidnaga village.They also told the police that Mondal had helped them to cross the international border. The accused, however, claimed that they had come here for job.Police are investigating all possible angles behind the incident. They are yet to ascertain the real motive of the youths and why they had entered the country with the help of a tout. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedPolice are also investigating whether they are involved in any anti-national activities or have been involved with any extremist groups.They have started a detailed probe.It may be mentioned here that the district police have arrested around 15 Bangladeshi nationals in the last few months, who also claimed to have entered the Indian Territory in search of jobs.The district police are vigilant particularly in the border adjoining areas.