MUMBAI: Indian mid-fielder Jackson Singh took one of the biggest stage in his nascent footballing career when he shared space with Olympic gold medallist Nwankwo Kanu of Nigeria and Argentine Esteban Cambiasso ahead of the Official Draw of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup and he showed immense composure in the midst of the FIFA legends.
From saying that he wished one day to adorn Real Madrid colours to his immediate goal of representing India at the October football fiesta, Jackson was spot on when he refused to get drawn into the debate whether Bengal of Goa football interested him.
“For the start, I would like to play for Bengaluru F, but that is later. World Cup is first ahead,” said Jackson only hours before the draw.
“I am a bit nervous before the draw, naturally. I respect all the teams but we are ready to face anyone who comes against us,” said the mid-fielder who felt that India was prepared to take on any side the draw churns out.
The team, coached by Luis Norton de Matos, has been on an extensive preparatory tour in Europe and have returned encouraging results of late. Jackson Singh, who joined the team prior to the tour, feels the exposure gained by the colts during the tour will stand them in good stead.
“We have learnt a lot by playing against Italy, Serbia and Macedonia. It has helped us improve our game and elements like ball control, finishing, etc. All in all, we have benefitted a lot. We are preparing well and we will give our best,” he said.
The youngster, who played for Minerva Punjab and Chandigarh Football Academy, said it was his dream to represent Spanish champions Real Madrid while his dream club in India was Bengaluru FC.