Kochi: Rahul V Raj will lead Kerala in the Santosh Trophy football championship South Zone qualifiers to be played in Bengaluru from January 18. Rahul's SBI teammate S Seesan has been named his deputy.
Coach Satheevan Balan picked the 20-member team from the coaching camp held at the Devagiri College ground in Kozhikode.
The squad consists of 13 new faces, including five under-21 players.
The team will depart for Bengaluru on January 14.
Five-time champions Kerala are placed in Pool B along with Andhra, Tamil Nadu and Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
Kerala take on Andhra in their opening game on January 18.
The team: Rahul V Raj (captain), S Seesan (vice-captain), V Midhun, S H Ajmal, Y P Mohammed Shareef, Vibin Thomas, V G Sreerag, K O Jiyad Hassan, Justin George, K P Rahul, V S Sreekuttan, M S Jithin, Muhammed Parakkotil, G Jithin, B L Shamnaz, Sajith Poulose, V K Afdal and Anurag.
Coach: Satheevan Balan.
Kerala's matches: January 18: vs Andhra; January 20: vs Andaman & Nicobar; January 22 vs Tamil Nadu.