Goalkeeper Dheeraj Singh said being called for the Indian football team camp acted as huge motivation prior to his brilliant showing for FC Goa in the AFC Champions League.

Speaking to AIFF TV, Dheeraj said: “I got the national team call-up right after the ISL. It gave me the opportunity to travel with the senior team to the UAE. It was a big motivation for me to train with Gurpreet (Singh Sandhu) paaji and Amrinder (Singh) paaji.

“I was so motivated at that point that I reported straight to Goa after we came back.

“Getting into the national team had a big impact on my confidence. Our coach also gave us a lot of confidence, taking the pressure off from our shoulders. He just told us to go out there and play our normal game, and that’s what we did,” added Dheeraj.

The 20-year-old, who was twice named in the Champions League’s team of the week, played a big part in helping FC Goa secure…

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