"The team in the last few many weeks has worked on various combinations and strategies keeping in mind the important tournaments that are lined up in the next 14 months," Sreejesh was quoted as saying in a statement from Hockey India.

"The new way of attacking with 10 and defending with 10 gives me extra confidence. Now I feel my fort has been strengthened. This will give us that extra edge and I am hoping that this will help put the pressure (on the opponents) and also allow us to score from half opportunities," he said.

Sreejesh, who is also the vice-captain of the side, said he was eagerly waiting for the much-anticipated clash against arch-rivals Pakistan in the tournament to be held from June 20 to July 5. India will open their campaign against France at 09:30 PM on June 20.

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