Chhetri: National Team Lacks Exact Replacement, Feels Fossilized

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Sunil Chhetri Acknowledges Lack of Exact Replacement in National Team, But Believes in Worthy Successors.

Chhetri acknowledges India lacks an exact replacement for him currently. (Photo: PTI)

Sunil Chhetri, the captain of the Indian football team, expressed his realization that he has reached a stage of being ‘fossilized’ in his career. He acknowledged that finding an exact replacement for him in the national team might be challenging.

Nevertheless, Chhetri emphasized that there are numerous ‘worthy’ successors within the team. Having already achieved the status of the most capped India player with 133 matches and the highest goal scorer with 85 international goals, Chhetri’s statements reflect his humility and confidence in the potential of his fellow teammates.

During a virtual interaction ahead of the upcoming Intercontinental Cup hosted by India from June 9-18, Sunil Chhetri, the captain of the national team, admitted to feeling “fossilized” due to his long-standing career.

When questioned about his potential replacement, Chhetri acknowledged that an exact successor may not be visible at the moment, citing the age difference between him and other senior players.

However, he expressed confidence in several players who he believed could excel, if not surpass him. Chhetri mentioned Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Sandesh Jhingan, Amrinder Singh, Rahul, and Rowlin Borges as potential leaders who could step up after him.

While acknowledging their different styles of leadership, Chhetri emphasized that all five players were performing well and had the potential to captain their respective clubs, making them worthy candidates to lead the national team in the future.

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