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Anas Edathodika Recalled from Retirement: What Does it Say for India's Defence? (420 Grams)

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420 Grams (Season 1, Episode 31) looks at Anas Edathodika's return from retirement into the Indian football team fold, after being called in by coach Igor Stimac, and its implication on the young defensive set-up that includes Adil Khan, Anwar Ali and Narender Gahlot.

When India's men's national football team coach Igor Stimac announced the list of 35 probables for the upcoming Intercontinental Cup, there was one BIG surprise. Central defender Anas Edathodika, who retired from international football after India's game against Bahrain at the AFC Asian Cup in January 2019, was named in the camp. Edathodika had established himself as a starting player under previous coach Stephen Constantine but suffered recurring injuries. His retirement left a void in the national team structure that Stimac is trying to fill. Today we talk about the implications of this recall and what sort of message it might send to other players, particularly Adil Khan and youngsters like Anwar Ali and Narender Gahlot.

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