Wellington: India's Under-17 football team's coach Nicolai Adam says one of the biggest problems he has had to face while scouting players from all parts of India is "age-cheating".

"We have been able to find a few boys. Unfortunately, in all the states I travelled to, we have to deal with the problem of age-cheating," Adam said.

"The boys themselves confessed that they were overage and we did MRIs with them.

"Without their (regional scouts) help we won't be able to find more talent. I believe there are many other good players or maybe better ones, whom we need to tap."

Adam also said scouting would go on, adding that some players might have to leave the World Cup squad so that other better talents can be drafted in.