New Delhi: Former India captain Baichung Bhutia on Saturday said that current Indian football team reeling under transition period and this may give lots of responsibility to youngsters.

"Football is one of the fastest growing sports in India. We need a good infrastructure and academies in order to promote football in our country. This will also help Indian team improve its ranking. We need a good support system," Bhutia said.

Unveiling the UEFA EURO 2012 Trophy at the residence of Denmark Ambassador to India, Freddy Svane here, Bhutia said “Climax Lawrence and Mahesh Gawli took hasty decisions to retire from international football. They could have served the country for some more years.”

“I hung up my boots at the age of 35. They are at the age of 32 and 33. They could have done the same” Bhutia said.

“India`s preparation for the AFC Challenge Cup, which is starting March 8-March 19, did not start on a good note as they lost to higher-ranked Oman 1-5 in friendly match on Thursday. South Korea is the most dominant team in India’s group” the Indian football icon said.

(JPN/Bureau)