India U17 World Cup Hero Dheeraj Singh Begins Training At Scotland's Motherwell FC
One of the heroes of India’s campaign at the FIFA U-17 World Cup was goal keeper Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem who has now moved base to Scotland and begun his trial stint with the Scottish Premiership club Motherwell FC.
Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem of India. (Image: FIFA)
One of the heroes of India’s campaign at the FIFA U-17 World Cup was goal keeper Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem who has now moved base to Scotland and begun his trial stint with the Scottish Premiership club Motherwell FC. The club confirmed through their social media outlets that Dheeraj had hit the ground running and had begun practice promptly with the team.
Dheeraj, who was termed as the ‘find of the tournament’ for India in last year’s World Cup by the legendary Bhaichung Bhutia earned a lot of praise for his good work between the sticks, even though he conceded nine goals in a total of three games.
After the World Cup, the youngster along with most of his teammates turned out for the Indian Arrows, the All India Football Federation’s developmental squad in the I-League. Dheeraj though did not sign a new contract and parted ways with the Arrows on December 31st as he wanted to make the jump and move abroad.
While he waited for the required documents to come through for his journey to Europe, Dheeraj trained under the former England goalkeeper David James who is currently the head coach of the Kerala Blasters in the Indian Super League.
Dheeraj’s trial at Motherwell is expected to last for at least three weeks, and in case the club is impressed by the youngster, he will have to wait till July, when he turns 18 to sign a professional contract.
Dheeraj will hope to follow the footsteps of the Indian men’s team goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu. The Bengaluru FC keeper is not only the first Indian to play in the European first division but also the first Indian to play in the Europa League when he played for Norway’s Stabaek.
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