Need more days with Indian team before World Cup Qualifiers: Sunil Chhetri

India's football captain Sunil Chhetri has said that he would have preferred to have more time to spend with the national team before their crucial World Cup qualifiers against Turkmenistan (October 8) and Oman (Oct 13).

Sunil Chhetri. Pic/AFP
Sunil Chhetri. Pic/AFP

The national team had to cancel a conditioning camp in India as Indian Super League (ISL) outfits refused to release national players for more than the mandated four days ahead of the Turkmenistan match.

"I would have wanted more days with the team. I would have ideally wanted a break after our first ISL match against Pune and a break after our qualifiers. Lionel Messi wouldn't miss a Barcelona game for an Argentina match.

"But this is the calendar that we have. We'll try to be the best that we can as a team with the number of days we have," the Mumbai City FC striker said.

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