Michael Chopra, currently a British football player, who played for England Under 21s, would like to play football for India. Chopra was recently drafted to the Kerala Blasters and will be playing in the Indian Super League (ISL). When Chopra was drafted on Thursday, he was considered to be one of the top choices for the international players draft, and he has attracted a £35,000 fee.
Chopra’s father is Indian, and Chopra has said that he would be prepared to give up his British citizenship in order to play with the Indian national team.
He said: “I’m prepared to give up my British passport. To get international experience is one of my dreams, and I want to progress with the Indian national team.”
Chopra, now an experienced soccer player, wants to follow in the footsteps of the cricket legend, Sachin Tendulkar. In fact, Tendulkar is a part owner of the Kerala Blasters. While Tendulkar is a cricket star, Chopra is hoping he can do the same but in the Indian football world.
“I want to be part of the legend of Sachin Tendulkar. Everyone knows him because of how well he’s done in cricket and hopefully I can follow in his footsteps in football,” said the 30-year-old striker.
Chopra continued to say that he feels that football is now taking off in India, and that he would like to remain in India after the Super League is over. He has hopes to set up soccer academies for children in order to both train children and promote the sport in India.
He explained: “I think it will be similar to the Indian Premier League in cricket and maybe in a year or two up there with it. There’s 1.3 billion people in India and if we can get football up and running to how cricket is, it’ll be massive.”