FIFA World Cup: Sunil Chhetri Says India Far From Best in International Football

Ranked 154th in the world, Indian football has needs to improve by leaps and bounds. National captain Sunil Chhetri says that the target should be breaking into the top-10 in Asia before the team looks to make a mark globally.

updated: June 11, 2014 01:30 IST
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New Delhi: Conceding that India has been left far behind in world football, national team captain Sunil Chhetri said that the country should not think of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup in the near future, and instead should aim to be in the top 10 in Asia.

With the FIFA World Cup just a few days away, Chhetri was asked when would India qualify for that showpiece football event and he was at pains to explain that the country was nowhere near that level.

"It's unfair to compare India with the top football countries in the world. We are far behind in world football," Chhetri said at the launch of an e-magazine at the German Embassy. "Our focus should not be in qualifying for the FIFA World Cup but to be among the top 10 rankings in Asia in the near future. We have to take small steps and first think of rising up to be among the second rung Asian countries."

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