New Delhi: Veteran midfielder Sardar Singh will lead an 18-member Indian hockey team in the FIH World League semifinal to be played in Belgium from June 20 to July 5.
The League featuring ten teams is divided in Pool A and Pool B. India is placed in Pool A along with France, Poland, Pakistan and Australia whereas China, Ireland, Malaysia, Great Britain and Belgium are in Pool B.
Sardar, who has to his credit of 216 International caps, will be supported by PR Sreejesh as his deputy. Playing their first match on June 20, India are slotted against France in their opening match of the tournament.
Speaking on the announcement of the team, India Chief Coach Paul van Ass said, "The team is full of confidence which they proved in the recent Japan series where they gave Japan a tough time and beat them 3-0.
"As they will be clashing with the finest of the teams, the boys are working upon their strategies and confident to put up a good show in the tournament. Their pool is tough but the boys are confident of putting up a great show. The team is excited to face Australia yet again."
GOALKEEPERS: PR Sreejesh, Harjot Singh
DEFENDERS: Manpreet Singh, Birendra Lakra, Kothajit Singh, VR Ragunath, Jasjit Singh Kular, Gurmail Singh
MIDFIELDERS: Gurbaj Singh, Dharamvir Singh, Sardar Singh, Chinglensana Singh, Lalit Upadhyay
FORWARDS: SV Sunil, Nikkin Thimmaiah, Yuvraj Walmiki, Akashdeep Singh, Ramandeep Singh.