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16 Jan 2019

Will retire when India would've a better number-10: Sunil Chhetri

Veteran Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri has dismissed suggestions of his retirement.

The ace striker was asked about his retirement plans after India's exit from the AFC Asian Cup 2019.

Notably, coach Stephen Constantine stepped down after India lost to Bahrain in their last group encounter.

Here is what Chhetri had to say.

There's no reason to retire: Sunil Chhetri

Chhetri said, "One day there will be a number 10 who will be better than me. Till then, I think I can contribute. I know I don't have a lot of years...so every game I play, I really want to give it everything."

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Chhetri happy with the progress made by India

Chhetri happy with the progress made by India

India won their opening match against Thailand in the AFC Asian Cup.

They then lost to UAE and Bahrain.

Looking back at India's performances, Chhetri was happy with the progress made by the Blue Tigers.

"UAE, Thailand, Bahrain are not small teams. We showed UAE and Thailand what we are capable of. To me, that means improvement," said the ace striker.

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Chhetri has scored 67 goals for India

Chhetri recently equaled Bhaichung Bhutia for the most appearances for India in international football (107). The in-form striker has bagged a total of 67 goals, the most for India. The 35-year-old will now be seen in the second half of 2018-19 Indian Super League.

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India beat Thailand in their opening match. The side then lost to UAE and Bahrain.

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Sunil Chhetri has made a total of 107 appearances for India.

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Chhetri has scored a total of 67 goals for India.

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According to the Hindustan Times, Chhetri said, "No reason to (retire). One day there will be a No 10 who will be better than me. Till then, I think I can contribute."

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