Ahead of the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup, Hockey India on Wednesday named the 34-member core group for the final National camp.
The National Camp has given Chief Coach Harendra Singh the chance to work with the core group and allowed him to pick the final 18-member men’s team for the tournament.
After having been declared as the joint winners at the recently-concluded 5th Men’s Asian Champions Trophy in Muscat, the team will undergo intense training sessions under Singh, who is confident that the National Camp will give all the 34-members the chance to prove their mettle and book a place in the final squad.
“Our campaign at the 5th Men’s Hero Asian Champions Trophy Muscat 2018 served as good preparation for the team before the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018, but now is the most critical time for us as we look to reinvigorate our spirits and work on the areas which need improvement. The National Camp will give all the 34 Core Group players the chance to work hard and show what edge they can provide to the team,” the coach said.
The coach also said that the World No. 5 team will prepare for the mega-event by training in the host city to get acclimatised to the conditions before they start their campaign.
The following are the 34 national campers:
Goalkeepers: P R Sreejesh, Suraj Karkera, Krishan Bahadur Pathak
Defenders: Harmanpreet Singh, Gurinder Singh, Varun Kumar, Kothajit Singh Khadangbam, Surender Kumar, Amit Rohidas, Jarmanpreet Singh, Pardeep Singh, Suman Beck, Mandeep Mor, Birendra Lakra, Rupinder Pal Singh
Midfielders: Manpreet Singh, Chinglensana Singh Kangujam, Sumit, Simranjeet Singh, Nilakanta Sharma, Hardik Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Yashdeep Siwach, Vishal Antil
Forwards: Akashdeep Singh, Gurjant Singh, Mandeep Singh, Dilpreet Singh, Sumit Kumar, Gursahibjit Singh, Shilanand Lakra, Ramandeep Singh, SV Sunil.