India might be languishing at the bottom of Group A following defeat to United States and Colombia in the FIFA U-17 World Cup so far, but Luis Norton de Matos’ men have earned plenty of plaudits for showcasing a brave face against formidable opponents.
Although India lost 0-3 and 1-2 to USA and Colombia respectively, the young men in blue showed enough on the pitch for them to leave it with their heads held high.
While the youngsters earned plenty of admirers across the nation with their two wholehearted performances, US coach John Hackworth hasn’t held back in revealing his admiration for India.
“I feel India deserve a lot of credit. They made it hard for us. Everyone was saying that the US were playing bad and I was telling everyone that’s not the case. India were actually quite good,” he told reporters on Monday after his team’s first training session since arriving in Mumbai.