Hockey India on Tuesday named the 18-member Indian junior men’s team for the 8-Nation Under-21 Tournament in Spain, commencing on June 10. The teams which will vie for top honours include the Netherlands, Belgium, Great Britain, Austria, Australia, New Zealand, hosts Spain and India. The Indian junior men’s team will be captained by Mandeep Mor, while Suman Beck will be his deputy. The goalkeepers named for this tournament are Prashant Kumar Chauhan and Pawan. Defenders will be skipper Mor, Pratap Lakra, Sanjay, Akashdeep Singh Junior, Beck and Parampreet Singh.
Midfielders include Yashdeep Siwach, Vishnu Kant Singh, Rabichandra Singh Moirangthem, Maninder Singh, Vishal Antil while the forwardline will feature Amandeep Singh, Rahul Kumar Rajbhar, Shivam Anand, Sudeep Chirmako. Speaking about the team selection, David John, Director, High Performance said, “Some of the players have had good international exposure and I am hopeful that the 8 Nations U-21 Tournament will further their experience of playing quality teams at high intensity.
“This will be quite a challenging tournament given the teams participating in it and I believe the tournament will give us an understanding of where we stand in terms of our preparations for the Junior World Cup in 2021.”
Goalkeepers: Prashant Kumar Chauhan and Pawan.
Defenders: Mandeep Mor (captain), Pratap Lakra, Sanjay, Akashdeep Singh Junior, Suman Beck (vice-captain), Parampreet Singh.
Midfielders: Yashdeep Siwach, Vishnu Kant Singh, Rabichandra Singh Moirangthem, Maninder Singh, Vishal Antil.
Forwards: Amandeep Singh, Rahul Kumar Rajbhar, Shivam Anand, Sudeep Chirmako, Prabhjot Singh.