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Rani Rampal visits India as captain for England

New Delhi . September 13 ( Star player Rani Rampal has been appointed captain for the 18-member Indian women's hockey team for the tour of England. The Indian team will be touring England in a five-match series, which begins on September 27.

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Goalkeeper Kuwaita will be his deputy where Rani Rampal is led by the Indian hockey team. The five-match series between England and India will be played from September 27 to October 4. Sabita and Rajini Ati Marpo managed to retain their place in the team as they were part of the successful Indian team at the Olympic Test event in Japan. In addition, defenders Deep Grace Eka, Gurjeet Kaur, Raina Khokhar and Salimati were also included in the squad. In midfield, veteran Namita Tupo has returned after recovering from his injuries.

 In addition, experienced players in this field include Sesilachenko Kakarumba, Nikki Pardhan, Monica, Neha Goyal and Lilleymans. Forward has also given opportunity to Rani, Vandana Kataria, Nunit Kaur, Lal Ram Sammy, Navjot Kaur and young Sharmila Devi, who have begun international careers in the Olympic Test event. "Our team is comprised of experienced and young players," said Chief Coach S. Marjani, referring to the team. Plus, the selection of such a balanced team is in fact accessible at the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

 He added that Namita's return to the team is welcome as she will be seen in action for the first time after the Asian Games 2018. Also, before leaving England we have 10 days in which to train. The coach also expressed hope that the series against England will be an opportunity to prepare for the intense FIH Hockey Olympics qualifiers in Odisha in November 2019 against the United States. The coach added that the aforementioned series would be a great preparation for the matches played against the US team as the rival team players will face in their own country.

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