Mizoram-born footballer Lalruatthara who is presently the defender of Kerala Blasters is aiming for international matches with the upcoming Intercontinental Cup. The young defender made his debut against the Kyrgyz Republic in India’s final Asian Cup qualifier.
He is one of the players who have benefited from Stephen Constantine’s policy to introduce youth into the national set-up and he is one of the handful of players in their early twenties who have been called up to the camp in Mumbai.
Lalruatthara said that he feels he has improved a lot compared to his initial matches with the national team. Lalruatthara was adjudged as the ISL’s Emerging Player of the Year but he believes that he has a lot more work to do.
Even though the club season ended more than a month ago, Lalruatthara has stuck to his fitness routines during the off-season as well. ‘It’s compulsory that a player follows the routine regularly, even during the off-season,’ he said.
Lalruatthara gears up for the Intercontinental Cup which will start from June 1 and will witness India face Kenya, New Zealand and Chinese Taipei in a series of matches. Lalruatthara believes that the event will be a good test, ahead of the Asian Cup in January 2019.