India on Saturday named a 24-member girls’s hockey workforce, to be led by Savita Punia, for the European leg of the the FIH Professional League matches in Belgium and Netherlands in June.
The workforce will play six matches from June 11 to 22 forward of the FIH Hockey Girls’s World Cup to be held in Spain and the Netherlands from July 1-17.
India play hosts Belgium on June 11 and 12 in Antwerp earlier than shifting base to Rotterdam, the Netherlands, to face Argentina (June 18 and 19) and USA (June 21 and 22).
Savita will proceed to guide the workforce although star striker Rani Rampal is prone to return to motion after she made her final look finally yr’s Tokyo Olympics.
Rani was underneath rehabilitation after recovering from a chronic hamstring harm. She was named within the Indian squad for the final two matches of the FIH Professional League in Bhubaneswar towards the Netherlands final month however didn’t play.
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Skilled defender Deep Grace Ekka would be the vice captain of the workforce which additionally has junior World Cup stars like Bichu Devi Kharibam, Ishika Chaudhary, Akshata Abaso Dhekale, Baljeet Kaur, Sangita Kumari and Deepika.
Rajini Etimarpu and Mahima Chaudhary — who would be the captain and vice captain respectively of the Indian workforce for the June 4-5 FIH Girls’s Hockey 5s in Switzerland — in addition to Rajwinder Kaur have been named as standbys.
Speaking concerning the workforce, chief coach Janneke Schopman mentioned, “That is going to be an important leg of Professional League matches in Europe as it should give us insights into our progress forward of the World Cup in July.
“These matches are going to be important in additionally finalizing our workforce for the World Cup,” Schopman mentioned.
The Indian workforce is at the moment positioned second within the standings after Argentina with 22 factors from eight matches with 4 wins, three attracts and one loss.
Goalkeepers: Savita (captain), Bichu Devi Kharibam
Defenders: Deep Grace Ekka (vice-captain), Gurjit Kaur, Nikki Pradhan, Udita, Ishika Chaudhary, Akshata Abaso Dhekale
Midfielders: Nisha, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Monika, Neha, Jyoti, Navjot Kaur, Sonika, Salima Tete, Baljeet Kaur
Forwards: Vandana Katariya, Lalremsiami, Navneet Kaur, Sharmila Devi, Sangita Kumari, Deepika, Rani.