Paul hoping for nationwide staff comeback after three years in wilderness, that too in 2023 Asian Cup

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He has not been within the Indian soccer squad for the previous few years however ‘spiderman’ goalkeeper Subrata Paul is hoping to make a come again to the nationwide staff through the Asian Cup in 2023.

The 33-year-old Paul last performed for India in 2017 and since then Gurpreet Singh Sandhu has been an everyday below the Indian bar. Paul, although, continues to be going robust within the Indian Super League for Jamshedpur FC and now for Hyderabad FC.

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“I strongly believe that I have a lot to contribute to the national team. Coach has (Igor Stimac) said whoever has an Indian passport stands a chance to get selected to play for the country. I am working day in and day out to achieve it,” Pual mentioned.

“I want to play another Asian Cup. It may sound funny,” he mentioned throughout a chat with the AIFF TV.

India is already out of competition for a 2022 FIFA World Cup berth however Stimac’s facet could be very a lot within the reckoning for a 2023 Asian Cup spot. The joint qualification campaign resumes with a match in opposition to Asian champions Qatar in Bhubaneswar on October 8.

Paul, who was known as ‘spiderman’ by the Asian media for his exploits through the 2011 Asian Cup in Doha, admitted that the considered not with the ability to make it to the nationwide staff has been “troubling” him.

“I am blessed to be financially stable, I already have a contract with a club. But there’s something in me that is troubling me – and I know I can be there (in the team). That’s the challenge which I have taken,” he mentioned. “The urge to be back again is what is driving me. I have full respect for coach Stimac. If he thinks I am good enough he will call me. I am not being arrogant. I have played 74 matches for India.” Paul mentioned if he didn’t have something to supply to the nationwide staff, he’ll pack his baggage and cling his boots.

“(Gianluigi) Buffon is my motivator. If coach calls me up, I’ll come up. Everyone knows about my work ethic. Age is only a number. If you stay fit, you can become number one.”

He mentioned he additionally appeared as much as former Indian cricket captain and present BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly who had made a comeback to the nationwide staff after being out of it for a while.

“He (Ganguly) is driving me and is my biggest motivator. When he was dropped from the Indian team, he struggled. But he showed the character, mental toughness. The manner in which he fought back is known to all, and after his comeback, he played at his peak.”

Australian soccer legend Tim Cahill despatched a message, lauding Paul’s “work ethic and commitment” and mentioned he was fortunate to have performed with him at Jamshedpur FC.

“Off the park, one of the best things about him is his commitment and professionalism. In the game, he is second to none,” Cahill mentioned.

“The title ‘Spiderman’ that he got in the game against us and all the games he played in 2011 Asian Cup was because he was on the top of his game because of his work ethic.”

Paul additionally mentioned Australian goalkeeper in 2011 Asian Cup, Mark Schwarzer, who was then taking part in for English Premier League facet Fulham, arrive to Indian dressing room to change shirt with him after India misplaced 0-Four of their opening match.

[Attribution HT.]

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