Ian Rush: India needs to produce players with more mental strength

Iconic former Liverpool Striker Ian Rush

Iconic former Liverpool Striker Ian Rush

Football is more about mental toughness than mere physique and India needs to produce players with more mental strength to be a successful football nation, says legendary Liverpool striker Ian Rush.

“Many people believe that to be successful in football, you have to be large but Lionel Messi is small as well. It’s more about mental toughness and mental strength that’s needed to survive in the English game. Whether India can produce any of them is what it’s all about,” the Welshman said.

“India also needs someone to look upto. Look at (South Korea’s) Park Ji-Sung. He is a hero in Korea and an inspiration. Indian could do with someone like that,” he said.

The 50-year-old, who scored 346 goals in 660 games for Liverpool and 28 in 73 international appearances for Wales, felt a striker should not be scared to take chances at the goalpost.

“To be confident you have to score. If you are not confident you cannot score goals. Some strikers are scared and don’t take chances. I feel a striker should not be scared to miss chances. On a good day you will score goals, on a bad day you will miss. You should not lose confidence on such days.”

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