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Naduparambil Pappachen Pradeep (born 28 April 1983) is an Indian footballer. A defender by trade, Pradeep hails from Thodupuzha, Idukki district in Kerala. He is the only player, other than K. Ajayan, from Kerala currently representing his country. He was also the captain of India's U-23 team. Pradeep plays for 2005/06 NFL champions Mahindra United.

International career

Pradeep is a regular on the Indian National Team. He plays as an attacking midfielder and has often scored scorching long rangers. He has played for India in the AFC Asia Cup 2007 qualifiers and scored a goal against Yemen. Pradeep has also represented India in the Vancouver Whitecaps Invitational in 2006 scoring a goal there as well. He played extremely well in India's exposure trip to Portugal in 2007 where they played Portuguese club sides.

His most memorable performance was perhaps in the Nehru Cup 2007 where he scored 2 stunning goals, including the goal in the finals versus Syria which won India the cup. Incidentally he opened and also closed the scoring in the Nehru Cup 2007.

Pradeep is remarked by critics as a player whose talents and skills can potentially surpass former Indian captain I. M. Vijayan.

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