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Indian junior hockey team eyes winning start

Breda (The Netherlands): The Indian junior hockey team will look to make a positive start in the Volvo International Under-21 Tournament when it faces Germany in Breda on Saturday.

After claiming the Sultan of Johor Cup title, India, coached by Harendra Singh, are confident of continuing their good work. Later, they beat Australia and New Zealand in the Test series in Brisbane in December last year.

"I am confident of a positive result and the team will put up a tough fight against Germany tomorrow. The boys will have to ensure that they attack and do not allow opponents to put pressure on us," chief coach Harendra said in a release on Friday.

"We have worked hard on rectifying the mistakes and focussing more on strategies."

The team is captained by promising midfielder Harjeet Singh, while talented defender Dipsan Tirkey will be the vice-captain. Apart from the duo, the performance of dynamic drag-flicker Harmanpreet Singh will be key for India.

"We have undergone rigorous training sessions, which have improved our game and helped us to perform as a unit against top teams. The team is very excited and confident to face Germany and we hope to start off on a good note with a victory," skipper Harjeet said ahead of the match.

After facing Germany, India will clash against Belgium, England, New Zealand and hosts The Netherlands.

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