Ex-England midfielder David Platt has been appointed manager of Indian Super League (ISL) side FC Pune City.

It will be the 48-year-old’s first coaching role since

leaving Manchester City in 2013,

having managed Nottingham Forest and England Under-21s.

Former Juventus striker David Trezeguet plays for FC Pune City, who finished sixth in the inaugural ISL season.

Big-name players in the league include Italian striker Alessandro Del Piero and ex-England goalkeeper David James.

“I didn’t know much about Indian football until the opportunity arose and I spoke to club CEO Gaurav Modwel in London,” Platt told the

Times of India. 

“The more I researched and the more I heard, I became enthusiastic about the strategy of the ISL and FC Pune. There is an ambitious plan and the strategy appealed to me.”

The new season kicks off in October with former England international Peter Reid in charge at rivals Mumbai City.

The ISL runs as a 10-week, eight-team tournament with the aim of

increasing the popularity

of the sport in a country where cricket dominates.

Platt, who won 62 England caps, played for Aston Villa, Arsenal, Juventus, Sampdoria, Bari, Nottingham Forest and Crewe Alexandra.