[caption id="attachment_627677" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-627677" alt="Indian women's cricket team missed the World Cup title by a whisker last Sunday Getty Images" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/India-Women4.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Indian women's cricket team missed the World Cup title by a whisker last Sunday Getty Images[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><strong>New Delhi:</strong> Sports Minister <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/Vijay-Goel" target="_blank">Vijay Goel</a> on Tuesday asked the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/India-u17" target="_blank">India Under-17</a> football squad to draw inspiration from the national women's cricket team ahead of their maiden appearance in the FIFA Under-17 World Cup to be hosted by the country for the first time later in 2017. <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/India-women" target="_blank">Indian women</a>'s cricket team missed the World Cup title by a whisker last Sunday as they finished runners-up after losing to hosts England by nine runs in a nail-bitting final at Lord's. Terming the Under-17 football team as "dark horse", Goel hoped a fine show from the side in the quadrennial event will do a world of good for the sport in the country. <strong><a title="India at ICC Women s World Cup 2017: Marks out of 10" href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/articles/india-at-icc-womens-world-cup-2017-marks-out-of-10-627346">India at ICC Women s World Cup 2017: Marks out of 10</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>"The Under-17 team looks ready for the tournament. Their preparation has been on the right track. They already toured 10-12 countries in the run up to the event. They will prove dark horse in the tournament," Goel said during a meeting with the side at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium. "The performance of the women's cricket team in the World Cup should give them [Under-17 team] inspiration. The women cricketers were so near to the title. The whole country is proud of their performance," he said. <strong><a title="Mithali explains about her bizarre run out in India vs England Women s World Cup final" href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/mithali-raj-explains-about-her-bizarre-run-out-in-india-vs-england-womens-world-cup-final-627543">Mithali explains about her bizarre run out in India vs England Women s World Cup final</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>The Under-17 World Cup will be held in the country from October 6 to 28. India are placed in a tough Group A along side Colombia, Ghana and USA. Currently the Under-17 team is preparing for a four- nation tournament in Mexico in August, where besides India, and Mexico, Columbia and Chile are the other participating teams.