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Friday, 21 July, 2000, 23:17 GMT 00:17 UK
India's UK football tour kicks off

The Indian football team today Saturday plays the opening match in its first tour of England for more than fifty years.

The team will face the London first division club Fulham before taking on West Bromwich Albion and South Asian rivals Bangladesh later in the month.

Football is becoming more and more popular in India, where matches can attract crowds of up to one hundred and thirty thousand people.

A BBC correspondent says managers and coaches are now keen to develop the game at an international level.

India's last football match in England was played against France in the 1948 London Olympic games, where seven of their men played barefooted.

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