The team will be led by star mid-fielder Sardar Singh while fullback Rupinder Singh will be his deputy.

Gurbaj, 25, last represented India in the 2012 London Olympic Games before being dropped for poor form. He was also a member of the 2007 Asia Cup winning squad in Chennai.

Talented midfielder Jasjit Singh has been given an opportunity to make his debut on the international platform.

PR Sreejesh and Harjot Singh are the chosen goalkeepers with Rupinder, VR Raghunath, Birendra Lakra, Kothajit Singh Khadangbam and Manpreet Singh adding strength to the defence.

The team will be taking off for The Hague on May 21. India are placed in Pool "A" along with Australia, Belgium, England, Spain and Malaysia and will compete against Belgium in their first match, scheduled on the May 31.

Skipper Sardar is happy with the teams' preparations and is raring to go.

"I am honoured to lead the team while playing my second World Cup. We have the world's best coaches who have trained us hard both physically and mentally to put up a good show and deliver better results in the matches. Each member of the team is confident of performing well and live upto the expectations of everyone," said Sardar.

(Agencies)

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