Good Sports: British Soccer Player Wants to Play for India
Yan Dhanda, a 23-yearold midfielder for the English Football League Championship club Swansea City, was born in England, but traces his roots to Punjab through his father, Jas. A former member of England’s under-17 and Under-16 teams, Dhanda wants to help India fare better in international competitions.
“I want to represent India and believe I can really help the the national team,” Dhanda told Times of India. “I have been following Indian football and seeing the recent results which include losses against Bahrain and Belarus. They should be winning such games.”
India lost to Bahrain 2-1 and Belarus 3-0 in international friendly matches. Although Dhanda is an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card holder, he would need to become a citizen of India to represent the country, according to sport ministry guidelines.
“India is in my blood,” he said. “I believe I can go over there and help improve the results. This can be a positive for everyone.”
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