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India to take on Bhutan in football friendly

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The Indian football team landed on Monday in Thimphu for their upcoming friendly practice match against Bhutan, slated to be played on August 13.

Coach Constantine said the squad needs to acclimatise quickly to the colder temperatures and high altitude in Bhutan.

"I don't think the weather in Bhutan will be a concern. Obviously the temperatures will be quite different from what we have at present in India,” he said in an All India Football Federation (AIFF) release.

“It's going to be a lot more colder here. But that's something which we will have to adjust to. Dealing with different climatic conditions is part of International Football and at the end of the day it all boils down to how you play."

“Obviously the match will be played at a much higher altitude but we will train for four days to acclimatise,” he added.

Bhutan are presently preparing for their 2019 Asian Cup qualifiers and the match will serve as a preparation for their first-leg match against Bangladesh on September 6.

The team:

Goalkeepers: Subrata Paul, T.P Rehenesh, Laxmikant Kattimani.

Defenders: Sandesh Jhingan, Fluganco Cardozo, Chinglesana Konsham Singh, Aiborlang Khongjee, Koushik Sarkar.

Midfielders: Isaac Chhakchhuak, Rowlin Borges, Dhanpal Ganesh, David Lalrinmuana, Vinit Rai, Germanpreet Singh, Pronoy Halder, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Jackichand Singh.

Forwards: Halicharan Narzary, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Sumeet Passi.