India hockey squad against Germany

New Delhi, March 9 : Hockey India on Wednesday named a 22-member team for the FIH women’s hockey Pro League home matches against Germany which will be held on March 12 and 13 at the Kalinga Hockey Stadium, Bhubaneswar. The team will be led by Savita P a and Deep Grace Ekka will be her deputy. Young defender Akshata Abaso Dhekale and striker Deepika J or will be the new faces. Speaking about the team selection, chief coach Janneke Schopman said: “It is exciting for us playing yet again two back-to-back Pro League games at home against an esteemed opponent. Germany is a very consistent team with probably the best basic skills around the world. They defend very well and are quick to attack. “I feel we have selected a nice mix of young talent and experience. We are looking to build on our performance against Spain.” Team: Goalkeepers: Savita and Bichu Devi Kharibam Defenders: Deep Grace Ekka, Gurjit Kaur, Nikki Pradhan, Udita and Akshata Abaso Dhekale Midfielders: Nisha, Salima Tete, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Jyoti, Monika, Neha, Navjot Kaur and Sonika Forwards: Rajwinder Kaur, Sharmila Devi, Navneet Kaur, Lalremsiami, Sangita Kumari, Mariana Kujur and Deepika Jr. Standbys: Rajani Etimarpu, Ishika Chaudhary and Namita Toppo. BAV MR

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