Qualifying for the senior FIFA World Cup, getting back in the Olympics fold, being among the top 10 teams in Asia – Indian football has set itself some lofty goals for the future.

While the current batch, spearheaded by Sunil Chhetri, Sandesh Jhingan and Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, has laid down a solid platform to launch these grand ambitions, achieving these are certain to take a decade or so, realistically.

So, sooner or later, the baton will inevitably pass to Indian football’s future stars to take the country’s footballing dreams across the finish line. A tough task for sure, but India’s Generation Next seems up to the task.

Looking ahead, here are the best young Indian football players who may prove crucial in Indian football’s journey to its promised land.

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