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FIFA U17 World Cup: It's a great honour to walk with the World Cup Trophy: Sunil Chhetri

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Kolkata: European Champion Spain U17 team is all set to face England in the final of the FIFA U17 World Cup at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata today. Many renowned persons along with FIFA President Gianni Infantino will be present at the Stadium to watch the grand-finale of the tournament.

Ahead of the big final Indian senior football team captain Sunil Chhetri will get the honour to carry the cup to the stadium. After reaching the Stadium the Indian Captain revealed that he got the news a couple of days back and it’s a huge honour for him.” I am really proud, it’s a great opportunity for me. The organizers informed me about the matter just one day before the programme. I am here in Kolkata two hours before the game and it’s a huge honour for me to carry the World Cup to the pitch and as an Indian I am really proud and I am looking forward to it,” said Sunil here in Kolkata.

“It is a great opportunity for me. As a person I am really very proud because I have given the opportunity among so many people. My country has given the opportunity to me to carry the World Cup to the stadium, which is a huge honour for me,” added Sunil.

India U17 colts played brilliant football in the group stages of the tournament. Beside them the senior team have also qualified for the AFC Asian Cup 2019. On being asked whether, the Indian football is finally going on the right track, Sunil said,” I hope we are going at the right direction. But these are just small steps, we should be satisfied only with this, everyone should keep their head down and keep working hard. We did a fine job as a nation in the FIFA U17 World Cup. I think the boys played really well, the senior team too is performing quite well, but there is a long way to go, a lot to achieve."

Sunil will marry legendary Indian footballer Subrata Bhattacherjee’s daughter Sonam Bhattacharjee on December 4 this year. Sunil looked a bit shy while answering.”I don’t know much about the guest list. My sister knows everything regarding this. I have a game on 30th November and another on 8th of December, so I have to make sure that I reach on 4th on time.”

On being asked about a report that there are some reservations about national team coach Stephen Constantine, the Indian captain avoided the question.

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