British soccer player Michael Chopra wants to play for India

Photo of British soccer player Michael Chopra.

New Delhi: British soccer player and former Newcastle and Sunderland striker Michael Chopra says he still has ambitions to represent India in international football.

Micheal has represented England at the junior level but according to FIFA rules, he is eligible to represent India since his grandparents moved to England from Jalandhar in the 1950s.

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Chopra has said earlier that he is willing to surrender his British passport to represent India.

The first British Asian to play in the high-powered world of English Premier League was the top pick during the international draft for Kerala Blasters in the inaugural season of ISL in 2014, but somehow could not live up to the expectations.

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An injury did not help his case and even though he fought his way back into the squad for the final clash against Atletico de Kolkata, there was no happy ending.

In the following season for 2015, Chopra was not considered by either Kerala Blasters or any of the seven clubs in ISL. But now that Kerala Blasters have recalled him and he has proved his fitness in last three weeks of intense training at Pune, Chopra would want to make the best of the lifeline that has been provided to him by the Sachin Tendulkar co-owned franchise.

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