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Drag-flicker Harmanpreet Singh has been named captain of the Indian men’s hockey team for the Europe phase of the FIH Pro League Hockey. This will be the first tournament for new coach Craig Fulton. In the previous edition of the FIH Pro League at home, the Indian team remained unbeaten against world champions Germany and Australia.
In Europe, the team would like to maintain this momentum where they will face Belgium and United Kingdom in London while they will play Argentina and Netherlands in Netherlands. Goalkeeper Krishna Bahadur Pathak, who was ruled out of the domestic matches due to his marriage, is back in the team along with the experienced PR Sreejesh. Apart from these, the team has five penalty corner specialists Harmanpreet, Amit Rohidas, Jarmanpreet Singh, Sanjay and Mandeep Mor.
Manpreet Singh will now join Sumit and Gurinder Singh in the backline instead of midfield. The midfield consists of vice-captain Hardik Singh, Dilpreet Singh, M Rabichandra Singh, Shamsher Singh, Akashdeep Singh and Vivek Sagar Prasad. The forward line sees the return of Simranjeet Singh, who last played in the Asia Cup in Jakarta. He will be accompanied by Abhishek, Lalit Upadhyay, S Karthi, Gurjant Singh, Sukhjit Singh, Rajkumar Pal and Mandeep Singh.
Goalkeeper : Krishna Bahadur Pathak, P R Sreejesh
Defender : Harmanpreet Singh (Captain), Amit Rohidas, Jarmanpreet Singh, Manpreet Singh, Sumit, Sanjay, Mandeep More, Gurinder Singh
Midfielder : Hardik Singh, Dilpreet Singh, M. Rabichandra Singh, Shamsher Singh, Akashdeep Singh and Vivek Sagar Prasad
forward : Simranjit Singh, Abhishek, Lalit Upadhyay, S Karthi, Gurjant Singh, Sukhjit Singh, Rajkumar Pal and Mandeep Singh.