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Hockey India names 23-man squad for European tour

July 07, 2009 20:13 IST

Hockey India named a 23-member squad for a 25-day European tour, starting later this month, where Spaniard Jose Brasa will make his debut as the national team's coach.

Drag-flicker Sandeep Singh has been retained captain of the side for the tour, on which India will play 12 Test matches, against England, Belgium, Spain and Holland.

India is scheduled to play four Tests against England from July 27 to August 2 in Birmingham after which the team will head straight to Belgium for three Tests from August 4-7 in Antwerp, followed by three matches against Spain (August 9-12) in Terassa and two games against Holland (August 14-16) in Amstelveen.

The 23-member team comprises two goalkeepers, two defenders, eight midfielders and 11 forwards.

The team will be accompanied by a nine-member support staff, which, apart from chief coach Brasa, includes Harendra Singh and Romes James as coach and assistant coach.

The squad:

Goalkeepers: Adrian D'Souza, Baljit Singh

Defenders: Sandeep Singh (Capt), V Raghunath.

Midfielders: Gurbaj Singh, Vikram Pillay, Prabodh Tirkey, Sardar Singh, Ajitesh Roy, Ignace Tirkey, V S Vinaya, Dhananjay Mahadhik.

Forwards: Tushar Khandker, Shivendra Singh, Rajpal Singh, Arjun Halappa, Prabhjot Singh, Gurwinder Singh Chandi, Hari Prasad, S V Sunil, Bharat Chikara, Ravi Pal Singh, Birendra Lakra.

Officials: Jose Brasa (chief coach), Harendra Singh (coach), Romeo James (assistant coach), Jesus Garcia Pallares (human performance analyst),  Lt Col B K Nayak (doctor), Pradip Dutta (trainer), Shrikant Iyengar (physiotherapist), BR Barafsingh (Masseur), Jagbir Singh (manager).

Schedule:

July 27: 1st Test v England

July 29: 2nd Test v England

July 31: 3rd Test v England

August 2: 4th Test v England

August 4: 1st Test v Belgium

August 5: 2nd Test v Belgium

August 7: 3rd Test v Belgium

August 9: 1st Test v Spain

August 10: 2nd Test v Spain

August 12: 3rd Test v Spain

August 14: 1st Test v Holland

August 16: 2nd Test v Holland.

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