Former East Bengal goalkeeper becomes the first Indian to captain a European football club

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The news comes as a huge boost to Indian football and its road to greater heights! Indian goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu voiced out his pride at becoming the first Indian footballer to captain a European football team. The 24-year-old shot-stopper plays for the Norwegian Tippeligaen club Stabæk.

Sandhu took to Twitter to announce his remarkable achievement.

In an interview with Sportskeeda, about his time at the club, he said, “It has been a privilege to be here and experience the standard of European football. I’m glad that I’m here and cherish every moment of it. Every single training session helps me learn something new and, in turn, makes me a better player.”

It is reported that the English club Everton and a few Spanish clubs too are interested in the services of the Indian international.

The goalkeeper had made more than 100 appearances for East Bengal in India between 2010 and 2014 before heading to Stabæk for a trial. He signed for the Norwegian club in August, 2014.

Sandhu is the fifth Indian player to play professionally in Europe after Mohammed Salim, Baichung Bhutia, Sunil Chhetri and Subrata Paul.

However, Sandhu’s team currently languishes at the bottom of the table in the league. Since the beginning of the new season, the team has scored only four points from the last seven games.

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