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Cardiff City striker Michael Chopra’s dream to play for India is close to coming true

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Michael Chopra, Chopra, Cardiff, Cardiff City, Bluebirds, IndiaCardff City striker Michael Chopra has spoken of his desire to play for India.

The Cardiff striker flew out to Dubai following Saturday`s 4-2 win at Scunthorpe to hold talks with India coach Bob Houghton before watching the national side go down to a 9-1 friendly defeat against Kuwait in Abu Dhabi.

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Chopra is keen to play in the forthcoming Asian Cup which runs from January 7-29, with India in Group C along with Australia, Bahrain and Korea Republic.

Chopra said: “I’ve discussed the matter with the manager (Dave Jones) and he’s quite happy for me to do it.

“Obviously Cardiff are going to have some important games at that time, but it’s an opportunity I can’t really turn down and one I don’t want to miss.”

Newcastle-born Chopra has strong Asian roots within his family and qualifies under FIFA rules courtesy of his India-born grandparents.

However Chopra will have to get an Indian passport before he can play as Indian law states all footballers must have one in order to represent the country.

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