-By Kaushik Paul
India have been placed along with Iran, Oman, Turkmenistan and Guam in Group D of the Round 2 of the joint 2018 FIFA World Cup and 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers which will be held from June 2015 to March 2016.The Stephen Constantine coached India have been drawn in an even group in which last year’s World Cuppers Iran stand out with Oman and Turkmenistan having their qualities while islanders Guam have been developing in the recent past. For India it isn’t about getting to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, but rather about getting to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates with up to three of the five teams in each group getting to the final Asian round.
Group A : United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Timor-Leste, Malaysia
Group B : Australia, Jordan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Bangladesh
Group C : China, Qatar, Maldives, Bhutan, Hong Kong
Group D : Iran, Oman, India, Turkmenistan, Guam
Group E : Japan, Syria, Afghanistan, Singapore, Cambodia
Group F : Iraq, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Chinese-Taipei
Group G : South Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Myanmar, Laos
Group H : Uzbekistan, Bahrain, Philippines, North Korea, Yemen.