Harpal Singh Bedi
New Delhi: Promising striker Sukhjeet Singh will make debut for the country as he is the only new face in the Manpreet Singh led 20-member named by Hockey India on Tuesday for FIH Pro League matches against Spain to be played on 26th and 27th February in in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
Drag flick specialist Harmanpreet Singh has been named vice captain of the squad
Young forward in Sukhjeet Singh from Punjab was picked in the Core Group following an impressive stint with the Punjab National Bank during the Hockey India Senior Men Inter-Department National Championship 2021 held in Bengaluru.
Talking about the team, Chief Coach Graham Reid, said, “We have chosen a balanced group to play Spain for this weekend and are looking forward to playing at home in Bhubaneswar. It includes another new debutant striker Sukhjeet Singh who impressed during the selection camp last month and has been working hard since selection in the Core Probable’s Group.”
The 20-member squad for the double-header against Spain includes goalkeepers PR Sreejesh and Suraj Karkera. Defenders Harmanpreet Singh, Mandeep Mor, Surender Kumar, Varun Kumar, Jarmanpreet Singh and Dipsan Tirkey.
The experienced midfield comprises of Manpreet Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Hardik Singh, Jaskaran Singh, Shamsher Singh, Nilakanta Sharma and Akashdeep Singh while the forwardline features Mandeep Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Shilanand Lakra, Sukhjeet Singh and Abhishek.
Krishan Bahadur Pathak, Amit Rohidas, Rajkumar Pal, Moirangthem Rabichandra Singh and Dilpreet Singh have been named as standbys.