Striker Balwant Singh had to be dropped from the squad because of some unavoidable circumstances. As his passport will expire in less than six months, he was denied a Chinese visa.
Out of the 17 face-offs between these two sides so far, the Red Dragons have won on 12 occasions. The rest of the five matches ended in a stalemate.
During the media interaction at the JLN Stadium here before departure on Tuesday night, Constantine asserted that although the match was labelled as a 'friendly', it is a serious affair for the entire team.
"Friendly or no-friendly, it's the India national team. It's only a friendly game for the world but not us," he said.
The two national teams will lock horns after a gap of 21 years. In the last meeting, which took place in the Nehru Cup in Kochi in 1997, China pipped India 2-1.
The 22-member Indian squad is as follows:
Goalkeepers: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Amrinder Singh, Karanjit Singh.
Defenders: Pritam Kotal, Sarthak Golui, Sandesh Jhingan, Anas Edathodika, Salam Ranjan Singh, Subhasish Bose, Narayan Das.
Midfielders: Udanta Singh, Nikhil Poojary, Pronay Halder, Rowllin Borges, Anirudh Thapa, Vinit Rai, Halicharan Narzary, Ashique Kuruniyan.
Forwards: Sunil Chhetri, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Sumeet Passi, Farukh Choudhary.